Backyard Buffers brings trees to Washington County


The Backyard Buffers program helps small acreage landowners plant trees along their streams by giving them bundles of tree seedlings.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources in Washington County gives out seedlings for free on a first come, first serve basis.

There has been a decline in the pollinator population across the country, so this year the program selected trees that will provide pollinator and other wild life habitats. 

Bob Schwartz, Forester at the Maryland Forest Service of Washington County said, “this year we always try to give away two shrubs, two medium size trees and two large trees. This year the shrubs are Button Bush and Black Choke-berry. The medium size trees are Eastern Redburn, a perennial favorite, and Washington Hawthorne and the large trees are Swamp White Oak and Pitch Pine Hybrid.”

The trees also hold the stream bank in place and filter out excess nutrients that aren’t supposed to be in the water. 

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