Greens­boro form part­ner­ship for tree ini­tia­tive

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GREENS­BORO — Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy and the Town of Greens­boro have formed a part­ner­ship to de­velop and im­ple­ment the Greens­boro Tree Ini­tia­tive, a pro­ject to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity in the Chop­tank River us­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of trees.

Trees im­prove wa­ter qual­ity by fil­ter­ing and ab­sorb­ing pol­luted runoff that would oth­er­wise en­ter the river un­fil­tered.

The goals of the pro­ject are to iden­tify the cur­rent con­di­tions of the tree canopy through­out the town, lo­cate new plant­ing sites and rank sites based on po­ten­tial im­prove­ments to wa­ter qual­ity. By pri­or­i­tiz­ing sites, trees can be planted in ar­eas with the great­est ca­pac­ity to soak up wa­ter.

High pri­or­ity ar­eas may in­clude those lo­cated next to nat­u­ral drainage paths, where the vol­ume of flow is high, and ar­eas next to ex­panses of im­per­vi­ous sur­faces — pave­ment and hard sur­faces where wa­ter can­not in­fil­trate the ground.

The re­sult of this anal­y­sis will be a five-year ex­e­cu­tion plan. If fully im­ple­mented, the plan will as­sist the town in in­creas­ing tree canopy cov­er­age and im­prov­ing lo­cal wa­ter qual­ity.

The pro­ject will also fo­cus on en­gag­ing the cit­i­zens of Greens­boro in the tree ini­tia­tive. Res­i­dents will be sur­veyed to bet­ter un­der­stand view­points on the health of the river, trees in the com­mu­nity and their roles in clean­ing up the wa­ter­ways.

“Be­ing right on the banks of the Chop­tank River, the Town of Greens­boro is in a great lo­ca­tion for us­ing in­creased tree cover to ben­e­fit lo­cal wa­ter qual­ity,” said Chop­tank River­keeper Matt Pluta. “Plant­ing a tree is an easy and ef­fec­tive way to get com­mu­nity mem­bers en­gaged in im­prov­ing their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.”

MRC will host a pub­lic meet­ing at 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 16, at the Greens­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, 116 N. Main St., to in­tro­duce the pro­ject to the com­mu­nity and get feed­back and in­put on the pro­ject frame­work. The meet­ing is free and open to the pub­lic; Greens­boro res­i­dents are es­pe­cially en­cour­aged to at­tend.

“The Town of Greens­boro is very ex­cited about the tree ini­tia­tive,” said Town Man­ager Jeannette DeLude. “It will not only help us to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity in the Chop­tank River, but also pro­vide needed shade for the park area and im­prove the vis­ual land­scape. Greens­boro is proud to im­ple­ment strate­gies to help im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment for our cit­i­zens. This is just the start of a won­der­ful pro­ject.”

The pro­ject will be funded by $43,247 from the Na­tional Fish and Wildlife Foun­da­tion and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to RSVP for the meet­ing, con­tact DeLude at 410-482-6222 or jde­lude@greens­

Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the restora­tion, pro­tec­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of the wa­ter­ways that com­prise the Chop­tank River, Eastern Bay, Miles River and Wye River wa­ter­sheds.

MRC part­nered with the Town of Greens­boro as an ap­proved Na­tional Fish and Wildlife Foun­da­tion tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance provider, pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port, manag­ing projects and sub­mit­ting and manag­ing grants on be­half of ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Such part­ner­ships pro­vide ben­e­fi­cia­ries with in­creased ac­cess to funds, tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and pro­ject man­age­ment skills.

To learn more, visit mid­shoreriver­, email matt@mid­shoreriver­, or phone 443-385-0511.


Joe Ste­in­feld, left, of Davey Re­source Group, and Keitasha Royal, right, of Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy con­duct a de­tailed tree sur­vey as part of the Greens­boro Tree Ini­tia­tive. A pub­lic meet­ing about the pro­ject will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 16 at the Greens­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany.

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