Whether by cooling neighborhood streets, filtering water that goes into the bay, or investing in our green workforce, Baltimore Tree Trust has a direct impact on Baltimore’s communities. Scroll down to see our features in the press, and to learn more about our mission to grow Baltimore’s urban tree canopy.
Don’t just be a tree-hugger; our forests need no-net-loss heroes
BTT Director of Programs Sheila McMenamin published her op/ed in the March 2019 Chesapeake Bay Journal. Read more to learn why we should be promoting the protection of forested land in our state.
“Forested land encompasses more than just the tree canopy — it reflects a full ecological system that significantly filters and cleans our air, supports a diverse wildlife habitat, prevents the extremity of devastating floods (like the “thousand-year floods” that occurred twice in two years in Ellicott City), and reduces the runoff of pollution into our waterways. Forests are environmental powerhouses.”
All protected forests come from some other forest’s friend
BTT Director of Programs, Sheila McMenamin, and her friend Katie Long from Friends of Patterson Park, REALLY care about our state’s forests.
Check out their song “No Net Loss,” and get involved in supporting this year’s Forest Conservation Act.
Blue Water Baltimore, volunteers plant 477 trees in median along ‘Highway to Nowhere’ (2018)
“Over the last two years, volunteers and staff planted 477 trees in a seven-acre along the median between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Fulton Avenue as part of a “greening” initiative. Trees can help absorb water, reducing stormwater runoff and pollution—a big boon to the ailing harbor—and also help to add green space, making an area simply look nicer.
Carl Simon, director of programs for Blue Water Baltimore, said in an email that the Baltimore Tree Trust helped pay for more than 200 of the trees planted this season, during the project’s final phase.”
“It’s all about the environment and the connection to a healthy harbor. Five new trees and some native perennial flowers are being planted on the sidewalk in front of William Paca Elementary School on North Lakewood Avenue.
‘They learn a lot about the life cycle of plants and animals,’ said teacher, Adreon Hubbard. ‘And some of the students have raised monarch butterflies with me in the classroom from milkweed we grew in the schoolyard’.” […] ‘So this area gets a ton of runoff because of all of the concrete,’ said Mark Conway, executive director of the Baltimore Tree Trust. ‘So these tree pits will help to capture some of that water and help make this community look a little better’.”
“In late August citizen scientists took to the streets to collect real-time data about the hottest places in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Their efforts paid off and new maps were released today showing that, on one of the hottest days of summer, people in some Baltimore neighborhoods sweltered in temperatures of 103 degrees F, some 16 degrees higher than the coolest parts of the city at the same time in the afternoon.
[…] Sheila McMenamin, a volunteer who collected heat data, is excited to have the maps to help with her work as Director of Programs for the Baltimore Tree Trust. ‘Heat islands are a serious public health issue, and this data shows a clear connection between areas of our city lacking tree canopy and the extreme pockets of heat that residents are enduring over the summer months. The maps will help us continue to work within the community to champion the accessibility, growth, and maintenance of our city’s green spaces’.”
Some Baltimore blocks are 15 degrees hotter than average. Mapping them could help address heat hazards. (2018)
“In the high heat of the afternoon, a team of researchers and volunteers crisscrossed the city in cars equipped with temperature sensors to find out just how hot it gets, and where.
The data are being used to create a detailed map of the pockets of Baltimore where an abundance of blacktop and a lack of tree cover create what are known as urban heat islands.”
This article features a study facilitated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in which our Director of Programs speaks to the important role our urban tree canopy plays in keeping our neighborhoods cool.
Meet the Baltimore Tree Trust (2018)
We are grateful for our wonderful base of volunteers: those who help to plant and maintain our trees, and those who make beautiful videos about our work.
Check out our new feature made by Danny Zawodny.
Video Interview with Baltimore Tree Trust (2018)
Chesapeake Conservancy Interview with Mark Conway
Find Your Chesapeake
read the article here
PRI Interview with Alex Smith
In Baltimore, An Effort to Turn Lives Around by Planting Trees
read the article & listen to the interview
Featuring Baltimore Tree Trust & More
Podcast: Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker & Baltimore Tree Trust Executive Director Dan Millender discuss the environmental, economic & cultural benefits of trees.
Baltimore Office of Sustainability
Every Story Counts: Alex Smith
WBAL 11 News
Baltimore Tree Trust Planting Roots in the City
featuring Baltimore Tree Trust board member, Carol Macht
McElderry Park Star
Baltimore Tree Trust Arbor Day Celebration
The Baltimore Times
BGE, law firm team up to plant trees in Baltimore
Archbishop Curley High School
Archbishop Curley High School Partners with the Baltimore Tree Trust
BTT in Action
production by Will Schwarz, Pennant Productions, LTD
September 20, 2016
Tree Facts, Articles & Resources
What is a Tree Worth?
by Jill Jonnes
Benefits of Trees
provided by The Alliance for Community Trees,
an umbrella organization for tree planting non-profit organizations
Baltimore’s Tree Planting World
the Who’s Who in the Baltimore tree planting world
Is All Your Rain Going Down Your Drain?:
Look to Bioretainment-Trees are a Solution
The Diane Rehm Show on NPR, featuring BTT founder Jill Jonnes
The Environmental Outlook: Celebrating & Understanding the Urban Forests
Midday on WYPR with Tom Hall, featuring Jill Jonnes
The Urban Forest and Why it’s Crucial