Free conversion of open space to forest land for Marylanders

Governor Martin O’Malley announced the Lawn to Woodland stewardship program that aims to increase forested land in the state of Maryland by offering to provide landowners in Maryland with trees, tools, and the technical assistance to plant and maintain trees on unused lawn.  Co-Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the project kicks off this spring in select counties.

“With the amount of turf acreage in Maryland increasing, this is the ideal time to launch this program,” said Steve Koehn, director of DNR Forest Service. “By planting trees, landowners can reduce the time they spend mowing, lower energy costs, and create sound and visual buffers on their property. I hope many qualifying landowners will take advantage of this opportunity that will benefit not just their personal properties, but the entire State.”

To qualify, citizens must own one to four acres of land. Landowners who would like to learn more and join the program when it becomes available in their area should visit dnr.maryland.gov/forests or call 888-448-7337.