Give The Gift Of Trees This Holiday

— This holiday season the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering everyone the opportunity to give the “Gift of Trees,” a program where Marylanders purchase native trees for planting in honor of a celebration, commemoration or observation.

Trees provide ecological, economic and quality of life benefits and services, including enhancing air and water quality, reducing energy costs, increasing property values, beautifying communities, neighborhoods and highways, while also providing essential habitat for birds and other wildlife.

All trees will be planted in locations that will benefit from them the most, including parks, playgrounds and schoolyards; cities and towns; and along creeks and streams. Maryland Forest Service staff help choose the appropriate location and species to best assure the tree flourishes well into the future.

A Gift of Trees certificate suitable for framing will be issued and mailed out within a week or two of an order. All trees will be planted in the next growing season— either spring or fall— to promote optimal growth and survival. Orders must be placed by December 15, 2018, to ensure certificate delivery in time for the holidays.

Trees can be ordered at: https://www.shopdnr.com/tree-mendousmarylandgiftoftrees.aspx.