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Tree Program Aims For 'Cooler' County

The county tree planting program is expected to provide $2 million in environmental benefits over the next 30 years.

County officials are hoping to reap the benefits of planting nearly 1,000 trees around the county as part of a program paid for by the federal government.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is expected Tuesday afternoon to talk about the "Cool Trees" program during an event at the . The county planted 957 shade trees near government buildings.

More than 600 trees, about two-thirds of the total number the planted, were placed at 48 elementary, middle and high schools around the county, according to figures released to Patch.

The program, which plants native shade trees within 60 feet of the south and southwest sides of public buildings, cost $500,000. It was paid for with an Energy Efficiency Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, according to a county news release.

The county used its computer mapping technology system to determine the best locations to plant the trees.

The county expects the trees will provide $2 million environmental benefits over the next 30 years including improved air and water quality and habitat. The trees are also expected to provide shade that reduced energy consumption and improve the aesthetics of the buildings where they are planted, according to the county news release.

leo July 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM
It is almost impossible for volunteers to get permission to plant donated trees on any Baltimore County property at this time. Students, Scouts, and environmental organizations should look elsewhere. EPS and their contractors know how to do a better job.
Windriver July 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Anyone helping to donate time money or product could be counted as a "green job" according to the present government.
Windriver July 18, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Well Steve, how long do deciduous trees hold their leaves here in Maryland?
Beth McLaughlin July 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
this was EXACTLY my thought when i read this peice
Therno Lo July 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Baltimore County loves to go on about their great tree planting programs. However, the seem to doing a pretty poor job of protecting existing trees. Look no further than the gastly mess on S Hilltop. They could have save a lot tax $$$ and prevented the clear cutting of large stand of existing mature trees. Those trees were doing more than any the trees to be planted in this program. Trees, open space and parks don't don't have a chance as long as they are inside the URDL.

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