Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett was joined by representatives of the local development community and environmental advocacy groups to celebrate the second anniversary of Tree Montgomery, the County’s shade tree-planting program. The celebration featured a shade tree planting at the residential property of Ms. Maureen Thomas in the Sonoma neighborhood of Bethesda.
More than 1,800 trees have been planted by the development community and the County’s Department of Environmental Protection since the Tree Canopy Law was passed in 2014.
“We need trees in our communities,” said Leggett. “Trees like the honey locust we are planting here today, will grow more than 50 feet high to provide shade for homes and sidewalks and improve air quality in this neighborhood.”
Planting trees helps offset the negative impacts of development on the natural environment.
“As Montgomery County becomes more urbanized, trees are more important than ever,” said Montgomery County Council Vice President Hans Riemer. “Trees reduce air pollution, soil erosion and improve water quality. They also provide habitat for wildlife and contribute to the natural beauty of our community.”
Properly cared for, trees are growing assets with high returns on investment.
“We believe that sustainable environmental policy goes hand-in-hand with a thriving economy,” said Lisa Feldt, director of the County’s Department of Environmental Protection. “The impact of this program will result in more than $6.6 million in benefits over the trees’ lifetime. We are grateful to our partners in the development community for their commitment to tree-planting and helping us plant more than 1,800 trees.”
Tree Montgomery continues to look for single-family, multi-family, condominium, homeowner associations and commercial properties to participate in the program. Property owners who sign up now for Tree Montgomery will have their new tree planted within the next year.
To learn more or sign up, visit treemontgomery.org.