Ridgeleigh Community Association and Blue Water Baltimore Organize Street Tree Program

Post date: Jul 18, 2012 12:26:28 AM

The Ridgeleigh Community Association and Blue Water Baltimore are organizing a tree planting program for our community. Blue Water Baltimore will provide free trees to those who sign up for the program through a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. A forester will choose the type of trees that are the most ecologically beneficial and likely to thrive in our neighborhood’s environment. The trees can be planted in the County right of way between the streets and the sidewalks. Those who sign up for the program must agree to have the tree planted, have a 4’ by 10’ planting area, own their property, and agree to keep the trees watered for the first two years. Volunteers will be available to assist with planting the trees. Why plant street trees? Trees create healthier and more attractive neighborhoods. Street trees increase property values, cool our homes, reduce street noise, enhance walk-ability, clean the air, and filter and absorb rain water runoff. These benefits contribute to the overall health of our community, local streams, and the Chesapeake Bay.

How do I get a free tree? The planting will occur in October or November. A specific date will be announced soon. Those interested must complete a brief form and submit it to Elaine Liszewski by August 10, 2012. Contact Elaine at elaineliszewski@comcast.net or 410-661-3448 for more information or to sign up for the program.