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brostreeAt Forest Park Golf Course on the morning of April 24th, an energetic group of third graders participating in the annual Big Dig unload mulch from a wheel barrow. A tree they initially called “the porcupine tree” soon was named “the bro’s tree” after they finished planting it.

debDebra Lenik with Blue Water Baltimore instructs a third grade class from Gilmor Elementary School on proper tree planting.


Baltimore City Recreation & Parks celebrated Arbor Day in the McElderry Park neighborhood, and accepted Baltimore’s annual designation as a Tree City USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Spearheading the neighborhood effort were three TreeBaltimore partners: the Baltimore Tree Trust, Baltimore City Forestry Board, and Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. Local school children, community leaders and faith-based organizations participated in the final plantings.

erikMaryland DNR Forester Tod Erickson (top left) presents City Arborist Erik Dihle (to right of Tod) with Tree City USA award. Beside the flag being proudly displayed by Baltimore youth is the final (450th) tree planting in McElderry Park. The Baltimore Tree Trust, with the help of many generous funders, dedicated partners and hardy volunteers, has doubled the existing street tree canopy within the McElderry Park neighborhood over the last three and a half years!

mapA map of the walking tour showing the neighborhood’s tree planting accomplishments was provided. The map also points out the future planting site Ellwood Park to the southeast.

timecapsule Forestry Board Memeber, Russ Moss,commemorates McElderry Park’s accomplishments by asking participants to give an offering for a time capsule to be buried beside the tree.



The winner of this year’s Arbor Day Poster Contest!