For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — The state of Maryland is close to reaching its goal of planting and registering 100,000 trees by 2013 through the Marylanders Plant Trees program. Gov. Martin O’Malley reminds residents that there is still time to plant and be counted.
“Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple,” said O’Malley. “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us plant more than 91,000 trees across our state, and encourage all Marylanders to plant a tree and help us meet our goal to build a more sustainable future for generations to come.”
Trees protect water and air quality and provide important wildlife habitat. One large tree can eliminate 5,000 gallons of storm water runoff each year, and well-placed trees can help reduce energy costs by 15 percent to 35 percent. Trees also help beautify communities and parks, provide sound barriers and shade and help increase property values.
O’Malley launched the Marylanders Plant Trees program in 2008 and has established the goal of planting and registering 100,000 new trees under the program by 2013. The Marylanders Plant Trees program offers $25 coupons toward the purchase of native trees.
Those who plant and register can observe the environmental benefits of their tree through interactive maps and charts and will be eligible for prizes.
More information is available at trees.maryland.gov.