Community Spotlight


Neighborhood without a tree canopy next to neighborhood with ample tree camopy

Baltimore Tree Trust

Baltimore’s lead tree-planting partner, The Baltimore Tree Trust, works to restore Tree Equity by increasing canopy cover in neighborhoods. They built community trust through word-of-mouth, informing tree planting and maintenance, one neighborhood at a time.

Four individuals plant a tree alongside the Chesapeake Bay at the Perry Point Veterans Medical Facility.

Trees, Veterans, and Public Health in Maryland

The Maryland Forest Service works with a range of veterans facilities to plant trees and utilize the health benefits trees provide. One facility, Perry Point VA Medical Center, became the first recognized Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus in Healthcare.

Baltimore: Reclaiming wood, lives and communities

The Baltimore Wood Project created a framework to be smarter and more thoughtful about urban wood “waste” in the city. With new partners and ideas, they have modeled a regional economy around wood and land restoration.

DC: DDOT Launches Urban Wood Utilization Program

The District’s Urban Forestry Division opened a new milling operation to recycle District-owned trees for use as benches and chairs in public schools. All while teaching students about the lifecycle of trees.

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.