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Baltimore City’s Proactive Pruning Program

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The first thing people always ask: what is proactive pruning? It may seem like it’s a simple thing to explain, but surprisingly it can be a very complicated concept. Baltimore City’s Forestry Division currently bases their tree maintenance work on citizen complaints through the 311 system, which makes the current system a reactive one. The… Read more »

From the Other Side of the Forestry Office…

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The care and maintenance of City trees is a core function of the Forestry Division. Over the past year, the Forestry Division received 5234 requests for tree inspections, plus an additional 4442 urgent calls for problems like broken or fallen branches. But who inspects the trees? Who dispatches the crews? And how does the system… Read more »

A Word from Our Summer 2018 Intern

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Through the Urban Resource Initiative internship, my experience at TreeBaltimore involves updating the “Notable Trees” program and engaging with citizens in celebration of our beloved trees. The StoryMap at TreeBaltimore.org lets visitors explore an interactive map featuring City and MD State Champion Trees, unusual species, historic and memorable trees, and citizens’ favorite trees in Baltimore… Read more »

Big Ups for the Big Trees

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Thanks to some industrious, committed members of the Baltimore City Forestry Board, and MD Big Trees Coordinator(s) John Bennett and Joli McCathran, we have made big progress in identifying new city and state champions and their runners up during the spring, summer, fall 2017 season. These champs were located in public parks, street right of… Read more »

Fruit for Thought: The Gingko

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Gingko fruit, they smell so bad but taste so good. We all have seen Gingko trees with the beautiful fan-shaped leaves and yellowish to red fruit that smells really bad. The female members of these trees produce an edible nut but the fragrance from fruit enclosing the nut deters most people from trying them. Once… Read more »