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Backyard Buffer Program Offers Free Trees

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the University of Maryland have partnered in a new tree donation program. The Backyard Buffers Program makes 1-year old seedlings available, free of charge, to homeowners who want to add buffering vegetation between them and local waterways.

Participants will receive a free "buffer in a bag," to help the homeowners get started. The buffer in a bag includes 20 native tree and shrub seedlings, approximately 1 to 2 feet in height, of a range of species well-suited to grow along the water.

Buffering establishes a system of roots to curb erosion and prevent nutrients from seeping into the water.

Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt helped plant seedlings in Tyaskin on Thursday, in part to celebrate Maryland Arbor Day. Of the program he said "it's a tremendous opportunity for everyone, without any cost at all, to actually contribute to the health of our Chesapeake Bay. We want to encourage everyone to take advantage of this service, and plant some trees."

The program provides assistance to homeowners with less than 5 acres of land, located on or adjacent to a stream or waterway.

Wicomico County residents can pick up free trees on a first-come, first-serve basis this Saturday, April 6th from 10 am to 12 noon at the University of Maryland Extension Office, 28647 Old Quantico Road in Salisbury.

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