At an Arbor Day celebration at Riverdale ES, Town of Riverdale Park received a PLANT award from MD DNR forester, Horace Henry, in recognition of the town's reforestation efforts.
People Loving And Nurturing Trees (PLANT) is a statewide award program to recognize communities for their tree planting and tree care efforts. Communities range from schools, homeowner organizations and parks to metropolitan areas, cities and towns.
There are four PLANT award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Green. Successive levels require more formalized tree care activities. Although a community may remain at any level for an unlimited number of years, the goal of the program is to encourage a community to grow through the award levels by strengthening their commitment and care for their urban trees.
Awards are given based on the number of accomplishments completed
by the applicant during the award year. A minimum of 4 accomplishments is
required to be recognized. Acceptable accomplishments for PLANT
awards range from holding a one-time tree event or ceremony (Arbor Day) to
having built comprehensive ongoing planting and maintenance programs.
PLANT is sponsored by the Maryland DNR Forest Service and the Maryland
Community Forestry Council. Applications must be received by the Maryland
DNR Forest Service by January 31, 2017.
Communities submit an
application in which they describe the events and activities that
meet an award criteria. Applications must be submitted to the DNR Forest Service by
January 31, 2017, and awards are presented in April, often in
conjunction with local Arbor/Earth Day celebrations.
application can be filled in on your computer. Return the completed, signed form and suggested documentation Anne Gilbert at the address listed below.
If you have any questions about the program please contact:
Tree-Mendous Maryland Director
Tawes State Office Building E-1
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
PLANT Community Award Winners
In 2009, 109 of Maryland’s communities demonstrated their commitment to caring for their
Urban Forest resources by being PLANT Communities!
PLANT stands for People Loving And Nurturing Trees.
As you can see from the list of winners, communities from Oakland (Garrett County) to
Ocean City (Worcester County) and from Chesapeake City (Cecil County) to LaPlata (Charles County) - all across Maryland - are full of
People Loving And Nurturing Trees!
To participate in Maryland's PLANT Program, simply fill in the
PLANT application print it and mail to the region in which you live. The addresses are shown on the first page of the application. You may submit any time during the year but the yearly deadline is January 31 for awards to be made the following April.
The History of the PLANT Program
The Maryland PLANT Program was established in 1991 as a cooperative effort between the Maryland Community Forest Council (MCFC) and the Maryland Forest Service. The goal of the program was to help local communities step through the process of developing an on-going urban forestry program. By reinforcing small, initial efforts, communities begin to "adopt" their local tree resources and once engaged, become invested in maintaining the health and survival of the tree canopy. As the tasks become more complex, evolving into tree
inventories and management plans, MCFC and the Forest Service can provide technical support and volunteer assistance to aid in the development of a formalized urban forestry program.
Before PLANT was established, national programs such as Tree City USA were providing these services for incorporated communities but smaller groups and unincorporated communities were not qualified to participate. PLANT was established to fill this gap and to
encourage involvement by communities of all sizes.
During the first few years of the program, the number of participating communities grew to 30 in 1994. After program revisions in 1996, the number of PLANT communities skyrocketed from 67 in 1998 to 161 in year 2000. But the number of participants is only half of the story. Fostering growth through the award levels is a major goal of the PLANT program. Many communities enter at the Bronze Award level and gradually intensify their efforts; others may skip one or more levels to quickly achieve the top Green Award.
PLANT encourages communities to intensify their efforts at their own pace.
Sustainability is encouraged.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401