ROCK HALL — Chesapeake Bay Foundation staff and volunteers will plant about 1,000 trees and shrubs at the Harry C. Green Wildlife Preserve in Kent County on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The planting is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CBF preserve, which also is a working farm. CBF is seeking volunteers to help with the planting. People interested in volunteering can register through CBF’s website.
The trees and shrubs will be planted near Grays Inn Creek just north of the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Water from the creek flows into the Chester River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
The new trees will expand the riparian buffer and wetland area at the site to help reduce soil erosion, diminish downstream flooding and sequester carbon.
“Riparian forest buffers are the most cost-effective practice to filter water runoff from agricultural sites,” said Rob Schnabel, CBF’s Maryland watershed restoration scientist. “Once these saplings grow into mature trees, they’ll be capable of filtering hundreds of thousands of gallons of runoff, which will prevent pollutants from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.”
The new trees and shrubs also will help regenerate the soil of adjacent farm properties by regulating the water cycle, making water available in times of drought and taking up excess water during flood events.
The saplings to be planted Oct. 19 have been raised at CBF’s Clagett Farm in Prince George’s County. The mix of native trees and shrubs — including American sycamores, tulip poplars, mixed oaks and maples, river birch, eastern red buds and shrub species such as silky dogwoods and black chokeberries — were selected because they thrive in streamside and wetland areas. The vegetation also will provide habitat for birds, squirrels and other Kent County wildlife.
The planting is one of two CBF has planned in Maryland this fall. The other is scheduled to take place Nov. 9 at Hollywood Oyster Co. in St. Mary’s County.