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The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS), Forest Management works to restore and protect the County’s forests and trees through conservation, reforestation, urban tree plantings, and forest and tree maintenance. Forest Management implements the County’s reforestation and tree plantings programs in support of the Maryland Forest Conservation Law (COMAR Title 501-601), Baltimore County’s Watershed Improvement Program, the 2013 Tree Canopy Goals, and Maryland Roadside Tree Permit (COMAR Title 5-401) and is split into three groups, Rural Reforestations, Urban Reforestations, and Reforestation Maintenance. In addition to overseeing the County’s reforestation and tree planting requirements and goals, Forest Management works with other County agencies on creating pollinator habitat, deer herd management, Spongy moth suppression, and forest health assessments on County-owned property.

Maintaining Forest Health

Reforestation Programs

We are interested in open areas of one acre or larger that are available for free reforestation planting. These areas shouldn’t contain any trees or infrastructure—only grass. Visit the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan: Reforestation Efforts page to learn more and submit a Reforestation Property form to EPS to determine your eligibility. If you prefer to plant trees yourself, you can record the tree locations on the Environmental Reporter Map.

In Rural Areas

Baltimore County is mandated by the State of Maryland to reduce stormwater runoff (sediment and nutrient loads) entering the Chesapeake Bay to improve the health of the Bay and its surrounding watershed (Watershed Improvement Program). Reforestation is an important part of the Watershed Improvement Program and involves planting reforestations on both private and public land. 

In Urban Areas

In 2013, Baltimore County set its Tree Canopy Goal to achieve and maintain a 50 percent tree canopy Countywide within the three drinking water reservoirs by the year 2025. Additionally, the County will strive to achieve and maintain a 40 percent tree coverage within more populated areas inside the Urban Rural Demarcation Line and for each Census Designated Places (CDPs). The following programs have been implemented to maintain and increase the tree canopy in underserved communities in the County’s urban areas.

Forest Maintenance

Baltimore County is dedicated to the long-term survival of all of our tree plantings. Native tree species are carefully selected by EPS for factors such as ecosystem functions, mature size, native range, safety and aesthetics. EPS provides a Forest Management species list of trees used in its reforestations and urban tree plantings. EPS will work with landowners to ensure suggestions are incorporated in final planting plans where possible so long as those species can meet the selection criteria. EPS does not plant evergreens, or provide landscaping or privacy screening trees.

Project TypeEPS Maintenance DurationSurvival GuaranteeInspections
Large rural reforestations (one acre or more)

Note: EPS will continue to monitor reforestations for at least 10 years after planting.

First three years, includes:

  • Seasonal mowing
  • Vine and invasive species management
  • Shelter upkeep.
  • Watering during times of heavy drought 
  • Use of pesticides or herbicides

May conduct maintenance and replacement plantings, as needed, after the initial contractor maintenance period.

90%

Annual inspections during the three maintenance years

Urban Tree Plantings

One year, includes:

  • Watering
  • Pruning
  • Shelter upkeep
100%Two inspections during the maintenance year

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Contact Us

Forest Sustainability Program

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue
Room 305
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone

Fax

410-887-4804

Director

David Lykens