Baltimore County News
Aims to Boost Residential Tree Canopy
Homeowners can get great deals through the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability’s 11th bi-annual Big Trees Sale. The sale is designed to encourage people to help increase the County’s tree canopy by planting in residential areas.
“Planting big native trees is something positive you can do, for your community and the environment – they beautify your yard and boost your property values, and their shade can cut your energy costs, their roots help keep stormwater from running off into our waterways and their leaves help clean carbon from the atmosphere,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Each spring and fall, the Big Trees Sale features a selection of native trees supplied by Baltimore County’s reforestation nursery. Big Trees are Maryland native species such as oaks and maples that grow taller and cast shade over a wider area than smaller trees such as dogwoods and flowering cherries. They need room to grow and take longer to mature, but they provide greater and longer-lasting benefits to homeowners when properly sited. Big Trees species generally outperform smaller ornamental tree species in terms of environmental benefits, with their greater ability to soak up excess rainwater, save energy through shading, remove atmospheric carbon, and add to property values.
To date, more than 650 citizens have planted nearly 3,400 big trees purchased though this program. This year’s sale will take place at the Baltimore County EPS Reforestation Nursery, located at 7131 Brinkmans Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore County residents can order Big Trees online now and pick up trees on the last early pick up day, or at the nursery on the following dates:
- Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The last sale date is open to the public, where residents can purchase any remaining trees and non-County residents can purchase up to two trees.
Please note that only cash or checks can be accepted as forms of payment.
Eight different species are still available for the spring sale. Depending on the species, trees are anywhere from four to seven feet tall and are offered for $20 to $30 each. The Big Trees website (www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bigtrees) has pictures and descriptions of each species to help residents find the right tree for their property. EPS is also offering tree shelter kits to better protect the trees from deer browsing and buck rubbing.
EPS encourages people to order trees as soon as possible before species sell out. The last day to order online is Wednesday, May 11. Non-County residents can buy trees that were not pre-ordered at the Saturday, May 14th sale, not to exceed two trees per customer. Trees must be ordered online using the online order form at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bigtrees
Species Still Available for the Spring Sale:
- Black Oak
- Chestnut Oak
- Pin Oak
- Red Oak
- River Birch
- Pignut Hickory
- Scarlet Oak
- Swamp White Oak
Any questions about the Big Trees sale may be emailed to EPS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kamenetz Proclaims Today Arbor Day in Baltimore County
Baltimore County has once again been recognized on a national level for its success in promoting the benefits of trees for communities. This is the 12th year that the County received this noteworthy designation by the national Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“We invest a lot of time and resources in maintaining the health of our existing forest resources and with an aggressive reforestation program,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We appreciate this recognition and are proud to continue our designation as a Tree City USA,” said Kamenetz.
Each year Tree City USA communities celebrate Arbor Day as a day for citizens to plant trees in recognition of the multiple benefits they provide for a healthy environment and livable communities. Communities are nominated for the award if they proclaim Arbor Day, have a tree protection ordinance and a forestry agency, and expend at least $2 per capita on tree programs. The County exceeded that requirement, allocating some $2.5 million toward tree planting and tree care Countywide in Fiscal Year 2015.
Today is Arbor Day in Baltimore County
County Executive Kamenetz also proclaimed today, April 6 as Arbor Day in Baltimore County. Nationally, Arbor Day is April 29 this year, as proclaimed by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Trees Must be at Curb No Later than Saturday, January 16
The collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 11.
To ensure collection of Christmas trees, residents must have the trees out at the curb no later than Saturday, January 16.
Residents must follow these simple rules when placing their Christmas trees at the curb to be recycled:
- Only set out live (not artificial) trees.
- Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).
- Only set out trees at the front curb or street; trees will not be collected from alleys.
Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash and recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager’s rules when recycling their Christmas trees.
Residents who wish to drop off Christmas trees themselves may do so starting Saturday, December 26, 2015. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to any one of the County’s three drop-off locations.
For directions to the County’s drop-off centers, residents may visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000.