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Mayor Urges Residents to Plant a Tree

Part of Agreement to Reach 50% Tree Canopy

Annapolis, MD (9-21-12) As part of his Clean & Green initiative, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen is urging residents to plant a tree and help meet the City’s future urban tree canopy goals.
In 2006 the City of Annapolis entered into an agreement with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to increase the City’s urban tree canopy from 42% to 50% by 2036.

As part of an on-going strategy to achieve this goal, the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP) is providing City residents an opportunity to enhance their community by providing trees at a reduced cost for residents to plant on private property.  

“This partnership is an opportunity to make an environmental commitment to our community and to our children,” Mayor Cohen said.  “We are stewards of the environment and it is well documented that trees clean the air by reducing the carbon dioxide and replenishing the oxygen. Additionally, they provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. Trees also help save energy by creating shade, and in some cases, cooling our home in the summer.”

The following trees are being offered by DNEP at the reduced rate:
  • 1.75” Diameter - Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea ‘Autumn Brilliance’)Height: 6'-20', Spread: 10'. Erect stems, often clumped. Blends well on the edge of woodland or shrub border with evergreen background. Nice white flowers in spring.  Important berry producer during the early summer months. Fruit eaten by bluebirds, cardinals, and tanagers. Full sun to partial shade.Cost - $80.00
  •  6’ Height - Riverbirch (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’) Height: 40'-70', Spread: 40'-60'. Handsome specimen tree that is well suited to areas that are wet a portion of the year and quite dry in the summer and fall.  Attractive bark.  Cost - $49.00. 
  • 1.75” Diameter - Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’) Height: 20'-30', Spread: 25'-30'. Small tree with rounded crown, pink to purplish flowers in April. Likes moist, well drained soils.  Full sun to light shade. Good as specimen tree or in shrub border. Cost - $85.00       
  •  2” Diameter - Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolors) Height: 50'-60', Spread 50'-60'.  Good shade tree. Full sun or semi-shade.  Easily grown in wet soils.  Excellent drought resistance once established. Cost - $90.00       
  • 1.75” Diameter - Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) Height: 25'-40', Spread: 17'-27’.  The tree performs well in city plantings and is an attractive mid-sized tree.  Likes full sun or partial shade.  Cost - $86.00 
  • 1.75” Diameter - Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) Height: 70’-100’, Spread: 60’-80’. Requires sun to partial shade and prefers moist, well drained soil. Can grow very rapidly. Leaves have a tendency to drop all summer. Cost - $61.00
“In some cases, the reduced rate is a 50 % savings,” said DNEP Director Maria Broadbent. “It is the City’s way to help increase our tree canopy and the benefits trees provide, while reducing the financial burden to the property owners.”

Go to http://bit.ly/S9y9G1 to order your tree/trees on line. Orders with full payment need to be received by November 1, 2012.  Trees will be delivered on November 9, 2012.  Residents must be present to receive their tree.

If you prefer to pick up your tree instead, or have any other questions, please contact Jan van Zutphen, Annapolis Department of Environmental Programs, at 410-263-7946 or jvzutphen@annapolis.gov for more information.