Free Tree Seedlings Available for Garrett County Landowners

Riparian Homeowners Can Help Improve Water Quality

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering free tree plantings to help improve water quality in targeted Garrett County communities.

County landowners who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream or other waterway on or near their property are eligible for free tree seedlings through the department’s Backyard Buffers program.

Trees planted along waterways help improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, reducing sediment, lowering peak water temperatures and stabilizing stream banks. Each “Buffer in a Bag” contains 25 native bare-root tree and shrub seedlings suitable for planting in moist soil conditions. The bundle will include a mix of swamp white oak, common ninebark, silver maple, river birch and white pine. Quantities are limited, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Maryland Forest Service staff will provide information on tree planting and growing techniques, planting arrangements, tree maintenance, and tips about other good native species choices at the time of pick up.

Requests to participate in the program will only be taken until March 30. If you are interested in participating, please call 301-334-3296 or email The trees will be available for pick up in early April.