Sorting Chestnuts Seedlings for Distribution

On April 20th, 2021, the BCFB gathered to sort and bag four varieties of chestnut seedlings for distribution across the state. Click on this link to our American Chestnuts page to learn more about our mission. These images demonstrate the Board’s work to join with the American Chestnut Foundation in reinvigorating this magnificent tree species. (Hover cursor over the images to read the captions. Click on any image and forward the slide show by clicking on the back and forth arrows.)

Our New Site

Loch Raven Dam and reservoir near Baltimore, MD-Flickr
Loch Raven Dam and Reservoir near Baltimore, MD, taken by Mike, Flickr, 11/2/2013. Creative Commons

Welcome to our new Baltimore County Forestry Board site (January, 2021), which is designed to be interactive with our readers and subscribers (Our archived site link will still remain active). We will post new blog information on our home page when we publish updated news, including polls. (Stay tuned to view updated links and information about historical and forestry resources.)

Announcement: 2021 requirements for this year’s college scholarships from the Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation are now available. You can also access this information in our top page entitled “Yearly Scholarships.”

Please send your suggestions about news, links, and media (image, video, podcast) resources to Vic at

Sincerely, the members of the Baltimore County Forestry Board

Feeding Backyard Birds

Image of various common backyard birds in Maryland
Image © Maryland Department of Natural Resources

This post about backyard birds provides a PDF link to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources about common feeder birds, which might be of interest to readers who like to watch wildlife friends attracted to their feeders.

In her article on “Feeding Wild Birds – Maryland’s Wild Acres,” Kerry Wixted from the Wildlife and Heritage Service tells us that

In Maryland, the most productive time to hang up bird feeders is November through April when natural foods aren’t as readily available. During breeding season, over 90% of our songbirds feed their young insects. So, while feeders may still be used by adults, birds really need insects which can be attracted by planting native species. 

Wixted also discusses the importance of keeping the feeders clean and removing empty seed shells to prevent rot that would sicken the birds.

Our board planned this new site to be informative and user friendly. We hope you’ll leave many comments for discussion and questions! –The Baltimore County Forestry Board