Maryland Tree Stewards

Who We Are

Maryland Tree Stewards is an initiative from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland Forest Service and local partners developed to promote, enhance and increase tree canopy coverage in our urban and suburban environments.

The program enables Marylanders to connect to their local trees through planting and caring for their trees.

Maryland’s trees and forests provide inviting, livable, environmentally viable places to live. Through this program, citizens will become empowered to organize community events to plant and maintain the trees on their streets, in their neighborhoods, in their watersheds and in their county.

The recently launched Maryland Tree Stewards program is funded in part by a grant from the USDA Forest Service. Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is an equal opportunity provider.


At the center of this program are workshops presented by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay that provide the knowledge and conservations that enable Marylanders to become tree stewards.

Spread over four sessions, the curriculum is complete once a tree steward has finished the sessions and participated in a Maryland Tree Stewards planting event.

Topics covered include:

  • Tree and soil biology
  • Site assessment and tree selection
  • Tree planting and tree care
  • Developing plans, organizing events and accessing resources

Experience this great opportunity to learn from experts and fellow participants.

Join those that are Maryland Tree Stewards

Listed below are organizations with active Maryland Tree Steward Groups you can join, or contact us to get your organization involved in the training program.

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy- Tree Trooper Program

Eastern Shore

Shore Rivers

Prince George’s County

Anacostia Watershed Society Watershed Stewards Academy Academy

Washington County

Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance

Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee (MUCFC) Grant Program

Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee (MUCFC) Grant Program

Helps community groups fund tree planting and education projects statewide to enhance Maryland’s urban forest. The tree planting/educational projects must be located on public lands in parks, metropolitan areas, cities or towns.

Tree-Mendous Maryland

Tree-Mendous Maryland

For trees planted on public lands, the Tree-Mendous order form is an agreement between a whole sale nursery and our program to provide quality native trees to be planted on public land. The hope is to assist local governments and community groups plant trees at a reduced cost to benefit every Marylander.

Marylanders Plant Trees Coupon Program

Marylanders Plant Trees Coupon Program

Citizens can still take advantage of our coupon program to receive $25 off the purchase of a native tree at 86 participating nurseries across the State.

screenshot of Tree Owner's Manual cover

Tree Owner’s Manual

This Forest Service publication covers everything you need to know about taking care of trees, including planting, protection, and maintenance.

Vibrant Cities Lab

Looking to advocate for change? Vibrant Cities Lab will connect you to research about the benefits of trees and a toolkit for making green infrastructure work in your community.

Urban Watershed Forestry Manual Part 3

Urban Tree Planting Guide

A detailed look at assessing sites, selecting trees, and ensuring plantings in urban watersheds make an impact.

For more information

Contact the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Zach Carnegie

Maryland Forests Projects Coordinator


Office: 443-949-0575


Maryland DNR Forest Service

Marian Honeczy

Supervisor Urban & Community Forestry


Office: 410-260-8511

Tree-Mendous Maryland

Visit the Tree-Mendous Maryland website for more details.

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