Western Maryland Reforestation Project 2022

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In spring 2022, Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council continued our efforts to improve the water quality and wildlife habitat of local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay by planting native tree seedlings on 178 acres of private and public land, including 61.5 acres of forest buffer, in Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. These projects were completed in partnership with 14 private landowners, the City of Hagerstown, The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Maryland Forest Service. Funding support was provided by the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and One Tree Planted. To maximize the success of this project, each planting site will receive ongoing planting maintenance through the project’s end date of June 2024.

The 28.6-acre King planting site, located within the Potomac River Upper N. Branch Watershed in Garrett County, included over 10,600 native tree seedlings.
The 9.9-acre Kaminski site was planted within the Willis Creek Watershed in Allegany County and included 7.2 acres of forest buffer.
The Pocklington Site is a 4.76-acre planting that is composed almost entirely of forest buffer within the Antietam Creek Watershed in Washington County, making it a very impactful planting for wildlife habitat and water quality improvement.