Backyard Buffers

Trees and shrubs planted along waterways help improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, lowering peak water temperatures, reducing sediment, and stabilizing stream banks.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering free tree seedlings to landowners in several counties who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream, or other waterway on or near their property through the Backyard Buffers program.

Trees and shrubs planted along waterways help improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, lowering peak water temperatures, reducing sediment, and stabilizing stream banks.

Each “buffer in a bag” contains approximately 25 native bare-root tree and shrub seedlings with species appropriate to their region.

Maryland Forest Service staff will provide information on tree maintenance and planting techniques, in addition to suggestions of other suitable native species at the time of pickup.

Quantities are limited so reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Order deadlines, pickup dates, and partner organizations vary by county. Below is a list of contacts and dates for participating locations, which is also on the department’s website.

Caroline & Talbot counties

Jim Harris, 410-479-1623 or jim.harris@maryland.gov

Dorchester County

Scott Daniels, 410-228-1861 or scott.daniels@maryland.gov

Kent & Queen Anne’s counties

Dan Small, Washington College, 410-708-4479 or dsmall2@washcoll.edu

Reserve trees by: April 1, 2021

More Information: Chip Broadwater, 410-490 1284 or chip.broadwater@maryland.gov

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