Get Your Hands Dirty For A Greener Harford County; Help Plant 180 Trees At Schucks Road Regional Park On Arbor Day


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HARFORD COUNTY - The abundance of greenery and small forests are part of what makes Harford County a wonderful place to live. To help keep HarCo green, volunteers are needed to help plant 180 trees at Schucks Road Regional Park on Arbor Day (Friday, April 28).

This year is the 18th Arbor Day celebration organized by the Harford County Department of Planning & Zoning to plant native trees throughout the County. Since the celebrations began in 2003, Harford has planted over 33,000 native trees, including red maple, tulip poplar, white oak, black walnut, eastern red cedar, and redbud.

Families, civic organizations, school groups, and Scouts are welcome at this year’s celebration. Everyone who participates will receive a free native tree to take home.

“I look forward to joining community volunteers to help add nearly 200 trees to beautiful Schucks Regional Park”, County Executive Cassilly said.

Participants should bring a hammer, shovel, and work gloves, if they have them, and arrive at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Schucks Regional Park located at 301 Shucks Road, Bel Air, 21015. Tree planting will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to last two to three hours.

This year’s event will feature demonstrations from many local environmental organizations. The free native tree will be provided courtesy of the Forest Conservancy District Board of Harford County, an advocacy group that promotes stewardship, conservation, and sustainable use of Maryland’s forest resources.

The celebration will include a presentation of the Arbor Day Foundation’s National Arbor Day Tree City USA Award to the Harford County Government. The award, which Harford will receive for the 20th time, recognizes the work of elected officials, staff, and citizens who plant and care for the community forest, benefiting the environment and the economy.

More information about this year’s Arbor Day celebration is available from the Department of Planning and Zoning, 410-638-3103 ext. 1359.

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