Help clean water through the Backyard Buffers Program
The Backyard Buffers program is designed to assist homeowners with land five acres or less, who have a stream or other waterway on or adjacent to their property to create a streamside buffer of native trees and shrubs at a low cost. For the second year in a row, we will also hold a workshop on planting and caring for trees. The workshop is free though registration is required.
A streamside buffer can create habitat for wildlife, reduce peak water temperatures, and reduce the amount of sediment, fertilizer, and toxic materials that enter our waterways. Deep-rooted trees and shrubs can also stabilize stream banks, protecting them from erosion. If you are a homeowner and have a stream or other waterway on or adjacent to your property, and are interested in creating streamside buffer, complete the application form (download or view below) and return it to the address on the back with a letter stamp. The bags will be available for pickup at a designated local site in time for the spring planting season.
If you need assistance with planting due to a disability, contact the Carroll County Forestry Board at 410-848-9290. The Backyard Buffers program provides a free “buffer in a bag” to help get homeowners started in buffering their streamside. The bag includes 15-25 native tree and shrub bare-root seedlings, of various species that are well suited to streamside conditions. Also included are fact sheets on tree planting techniques, typical planting arrangement, proper tree maintenance, native plant species suitable for streamside plantings, and additional information for those who wish to learn more. The Backyard Buffers program is sponsored by the Maryland DNR Forest Service and the Carroll County Forestry Board.
For more information, to see what trees are available and to register, visit our official backyard buffers page here!