Community Spotlight


Columbia, PA: Leveraging Memberships and Donations to Finance Trees

Columbia is a small town (borough) located on the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Current tree canopy cover in the borough is 43%, and with assistance from the USDA Forest Service and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Columbia developed the goal of increasing its canopy coverage by 7 percentage points by 2020.  To … Read More

Montgomery County, MD: Generating Revenue and Mitigating Tree Canopy Loss

Adjacent to Washington D.C., Montgomery County is Maryland’s most populous county.  Its large population supports a demanding and competitive housing market, which over the past two decades has fostered a trend in residential lot redevelopment. The state Forest Conservation Law helps slow the loss of forests during development, but it generally applies to development activity … Read More

Celebrating our Tree City Communities

Nationwide, over 3,400 towns have received their Tree City USA recognition and take pride in this distinction. In the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, there were over 130 recognized towns and cities recognized by this program in 2016. Read more.

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Virginia: Fostering Tree Stewards

Through proper tree planting and maintenance, outreach and public education, Virginia Tree Stewards serve as an example of how volunteers can help increase tree canopy in local communities. Read more.