Backyard Buffer Seedling Giveaway!

image of baltimore county forestry board backyard buffer seedling giveawayReaders! It’s nearly spring and that time of the year again. Backyard Buffer Seedling Packets will soon be distributed to Baltimore County residents whose land is within 300′ of a body of water.  Seeds will be distributed at or around Earthday on April 22nd at the Cub Hill Ranger Station (see map and location in our sidebar).

The sets of seedlings include the following nine varieties: Common Ninebark, Persimmon, Redbud, Cherrybark Oak, Pin Oak, River Birch, Sycamore, White Oak, & Red Maple.

Seedlings Packets for 2021: Baltimore County will be giving out 3 of each of nine species in 37 packets of 27 seedlings that will be color coded for identification. If you are interested and qualify, the only way to obtain theses packets is to use the registration form in the link below. For more information about the seedlings, click on this link from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Hurry and register! We have only 37 packets this year. For directions for planting in a buffer zone within 300 feet of streams, download the small directions and reprint them. When printing them they will return to their full size format. 

Registration for orders are first-come, first-served until March 1st: Click on the following link to fill out the registration form: Baltimore County Backyard Buffer Seedlings

Pickup: at Cub Hill Ranger station around Earth Day (April 22 this year).


Free, Virtual Workshop

From the PGC Forestry Board Facebook Page: Looking for a way to learn about nature in a fun-filled, social-distanced way? Join the Prince George’s County Forestry Board on April 6 when MDNR’s Forestry Stewardship Coordinator will talk about the relationship of trees, water, animals and humans as well as forest bathing. Please call the number listed for information. The tiny URL does not work.

Image of poster for the virtual event
Register by April 2nd. Contact PGC Forestry Board at 240-601-2802.

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