Studies continue to prove that trees have a positive effect on communities and individuals. Just a few of the benefits include:
- Trees help keep the air and drinking water clean by absorbing carbon and filtering toxins in waste water
- Trees help conserve energy by keeping buildings cool thus reducing energy consumption
- Trees increase property values
- Trees make neighborhoods safer
The Parks & People Foundation is commited to helping Baltimore become greener by assisting residents, businesses, and communities in planting trees along streets and streams as well as in parks, schoolyards, vacant lots, and private yards. Many of our Neighborhood Greening Grants awards are used to plant street trees.
In March 2006, Baltimore City adopted an Urban Tree Canopy goal to double the existing land area that is covered by tree canopies from an estimated 27 percent to 40 percent over the next 30 years (by 2036). In addition to the benefits mentioned above, planting trees helps manage stormwater runoff that adversely affects the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.
Parks & People is proud to be so deeply involved in this initiative and to work closely with TreeBaltimore and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks to plant and maintain trees making Baltimore a safer, greener, healthier place to live and work.
If you're interested in having a street tree planted on your street, visit the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks Forestry Division or download a Tree Planting Request Form. For more information about street trees, email Jeff Barrett or call (410) 448-5663 ext. 117.