Community Forestry Rainwater

Blue Water Baltimore’s Forestry Program focuses on planting and caring for new trees in all kinds of spaces including streets, yards, parks, schools, stream buffers, and private institutions. Each year we plant over 2,000 trees!

About the Program

With support from our partners at TreeBaltimore and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, and with additional funding from many diverse sources including Constellation Energy, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, this program works towards increasing tree canopy and improving long-term tree survival in as many places as possible across our watersheds.

Become Involved

Join Blue Water Baltimore and volunteer to plant a tree in a local park, median, neighborhood, or school.

  • Open Space Plantings

Volunteer at one of our community tree plantings. Our plantings are usually every weekend from March through May and October through December. No experience necessary! Families with young children are welcome to volunteer unless stated otherwise.

Organize a tree planting for your church, synagogue, school, or business. If you have the space and the interest, we have the trees and tools—contact us to arrange a site visit!

  • Neighborhood Tree Plantings

Your neighborhood may be eligible for a street tree planting if there are empty sidewalk pits on your block. Suggest a location for a street tree planting in either the city or County. In Baltimore County, we focus on neighborhoods with tree pits at least 6 feet wide. We cannot accept all requests for assistance. Contact us to suggest a location.

  • Homeowner Plantings

If your neighborhood contains lots of large lawns or yards, it may be a good fit for our free or reduced-cost yard tree planting program. If your neighborhood has tree pits that are too small in the County we suggest this approach to increasing tree canopy in your neighborhood. Contact us to suggest a location.

If your neighborhood is not participating in our program, you can get a tree for your yard by attending one of our tree giveaways. We offer free one-gallon trees to Baltimore City and County residents on select dates in spring and fall. Or, plant a tree in your yard with a native tree from our Herring Run Nursery.

  • Tree Maintenance

Join us for seasonal maintenance! When we aren’t planting, we have maintenance events ongoing. We do a variety of activities to keep our trees growing tall and strong. This includes: pruning in the winter, invasive species removal and mulching in spring, watering in summer, and installing deer protection in early fall. It takes about 2-3 years to establish a tree that can survive on its own. Visit our calendar for upcoming events.

Trees can keep our water clean. The canopy intercepts and slows rain fall. The roots absorb and use stormwater that would otherwise create pollution problems as it leaves our properties and enters our waterways.
Trees can keep our waterways clean. The canopy intercepts and slows rain fall. The roots absorb and use stormwater that would otherwise create pollution problems as it leaves our properties and enters our waterways. By planting and caring for trees in our yards and public spaces, we can improve the health of our neighborhoods and environment.