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[14] The Port of Baltimore ■ January/February 2018
Environmental Stewardship at the Port of Baltimore BY MARY MAUSHARD
Port’s Urban Forestry Partnership
Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood will be greener this spring, thanks to members of the Safety, Environmental and Risk Management Department
at the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and the Maryland Environmental Service. Students, local residents and volunteers from MDOT MPA’s Urban Forestry Partnership joined Blue Water Baltimore for a fall tree planting.
More than 60 people, including Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University students, assembled on the grassy median of U.S. Route 40 in west Baltimore and, after brief instructions, set about preparing holes, transferring potted saplings, installing mesh stem guards and attaching stakes.
The group planted 81 saplings, adding to the more than 100 young trees Blue Water volunteers planted in the same area last spring. The organization hopes to complete its median planting this year.
The benefits of an urban tree canopy are well documented and far-reaching. These benefits include the environmental advantages of carbon sequestration, stormwater runoff reduction, energy savings through an evaporative cooling effect and creation of a wildlife habitat,
along with the social benefits of workforce development, community environmental awareness and improved aesthetics and property values.
“This was fun, and I’d do it again,” said volunteer Henry Jett, 10, whose father works at the Port. “I learned about native tree types and how trees will help the city.”
The fall tree planting along U.S. Route 40 in West Baltimore offered opportunities for volunteers of all ages to make Baltimore greener. The Port’s urban foresters show off their hard work, below.
MDOT MPA’s Urban Forestry Partnership joined Blue Water Baltimore in 2017 with the goals of increasing the tree canopy in the Baltimore metropolitan area and reducing stormwater pollution. “The MDOT MPA’s partnership with Blue Water
is a unique opportunity, allowing the Port to engage with communities in
a meaningful way and, at the same time, solve environmental challenges,“ said Bill Richardson, the Port’s Environmental Manager.
The partnership has already planted 500 trees along neighborhood streets and in open spaces. In addition to its organizing work, Blue Water has a monitoring and maintenance program that ensures Baltimore’s trees continue to thrive. 􏰀

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