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Publications - Baltimore Tree Trust


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.

School Kids Plant Trees, Flowers To Improve Environmental Health (2018)

“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’.”

Official news story linked here

Hot days in the city? It’s all about location (2018)

“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’.”

Official NOAA statement linked here

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.

Article Link Here

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 Link Here

Video Interview with Baltimore Tree Trust (2018)

Video Interview Link Here

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

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

The Guardian: Green spaces improve school children’s mental development

The Star: Living on tree-lined streets has health benefits

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  

Annual Reports

2015 Year In Review – PDF

2014 Year In Review – PDF

2013 Year In Review – PDF

2012 Year In Review – PDF