We received an email from Ken Ulman last week thanking us for participating in the county’s tree giveaway program. The four thousand or so trees that the county distributed were funded by contributions developers made to the Forest Conservation Fund.
What we didn’t realize was that this program was only one part of a larger effort to reforest the county.
“We have worked through several programs including Stream Releaf, Schools and Streams, reforestation, our street tree program, private forest conservation, volunteer tree plantings, our homeowners association partnerships, and 2,010 Trees in 2010. Through these programs collectively, we have planted over 50,000 trees in the last four years. These 50,000 trees will store over 650,000 pounds of carbon every year.”
Considering the relatively small size of HoCo, fifty thousand new trees is fairly significant.
I am also happy to report that our little Dogwood sapling seems to have taken well to it’s new environs. Mama Wordbones already has a place picked out for another one if the program comes back in 2011.