The Environment and Natural Assets Advisory Committee has spent considerable time and effort in acquiring grants, soliciting volunteers and actually planting native trees in the community. Results of our efforts can be seen at the South Pond, the North Pond and the Swim and Racquet Club. At the same time it seems that homeowners are removing trees in increasing numbers. Now that the Pines community is nearly 50 years old it is understandable that some of these trees have exceeded their healthy life span and others have suffered from disease and development. We hope that homeowners, having gone through the process of getting OP approval to remove the trees and insuring that they are not violating utilities’ rights-of-way, will replace the discarded trees with native trees. Trees are crucial to our air and water quality and they enhance our visual spaces.
- Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20%.
- One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and produces four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of eighteen people. USDA Forest Service
- For every 10,000 miles driven in a vehicle that gets 20 mpg plant 15 trees to offset the CO2
- Tree loss has a financial cost. Tree loss in the Baltimore-Washington region since 1973 has resulted in a 19% increase in stormwater runoff (540 million cubic feet) at a cost of $1.08 billion American Forests
- Trees improve water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows for more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams – USDA Forest Service.
- Trees provide shade for us and food for wildlife.
Because of its location, Maryland is a common meeting ground for several species from both northern and southern climates. It is generally recognized that over 160 native or naturalized tree species can be found in Maryland, so, it’s not difficult to find trees suitable for your site. A list of these trees and their descriptions can be found on the md.gov website. Just type Maryland native trees in the search box.
With so many reasons to plant and so many species to choose from, we should have no problem with tree replacement. Select, plant, feed and water and watch it grow!!