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Backyard Buffer Program

| February 13, 2014, 11:20 AM | 0 Comments

treesThe Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy,  located at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville, MD,  is offering free trees and shrubs to Anne Arundel County residents as part of the DNR Backyard Buffers program.

Backyard Buffers can be planted near any area where rain water flows: near roadside ditches, downhill from hard surfaces such as parking lots or rooftops,  in areas that flood, along streams, creeks, or rivers. To order seedlings, visit the Watershed Stewards Academy website:

A free workshop, held at 5:30 pm on March 11th at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, will cover ground preparation, tree spacing, tree planting, caging, staking and maintenance of your buffer.  To register for the workshop visit the Watershed Stewards Academy website:

Bundles will be available for pickup on March 19th -20th.  Pickup times and locations will be determined based upon participation.

A program of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Forest Service and the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, the Backyard Buffers program provides homeowners free trees and shrubs to create a native woodland buffer.  A woodland buffer: enhances your landscape, creates habitat for wildlife and reduces the amount of sediment, fertilizer, and toxic materials that enter our waterways.  Deep-rooted trees and shrubs can also stabilize stream banks, protecting them from erosion.

Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify, train and support community leaders, called Watershed Stewards, to take action with their neighbors to restore local waterways in Anne Arundel County. Watershed Stewards Academy is housed at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, which is part of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

For more information visit our website,, open the attached flier, or contact Suzanne Etgen: [email protected] or (410) 222-3831

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