Let's Pay the Trees Back by Supporting Tree Legislation to Protect and Sustain Canopy
By Jenny Curtiss
The Montgomery County Council has introduced new bills about tree protection. Bill 35-12 and Bill 41-12 are all about the protection of urban trees and determining what you need to consider before chopping them down. According to these bills, trees have become important enough for more protection due to what we are losing from storm damage, development and disease. Also let’s not forget their benefits.
That’s right, trees benefit us humans as well as nature and animals. Trees can be beneficial in different ways. Money, for instance. Real estate gains money by selling homes with trees. Homes with mature trees have been said to have better salability recently. Real estate sales aren’t the only ways to benefit in the wallet. If you are looking to save money, then trees are your solution. Putting trees around houses reduces air conditioning needs by 30% and can save 20-50% of energy used in heating.
However, money isn’t the most important aspect here. No, it’s what trees do for life. Tree roots hold soil and prevent runoff and erosion.
Preventing runoff is good because the chemicals go into the streams (and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay) and pollute watersheds. Trees also have a calming effect. Texas A&M University research shows that seeing trees helps to relieve stress within five minutes.
Imagine that trees help with stress, erosion, runoff, and money matters too! When you think of all that trees do for us, it makes you want to return all the favors. So support Mother Earth and trees. Please support County Bills 35-12 and 41-12!
For details, click on each event link below. Check back for details if there is no link available under a heading.
- June 1st, Family Community Stroll. 10 a.m. hike along the Cabin John Stream. Details here.
- Summer Tree Keepers begins. SSL hours are available for students participating in summer tree stewardship. Check back for details or click the "Volunteer" button at right on this homepage.
- June 18th, Forest Conservation Advisory Committee meeting, 7 p.m. Rockville
- June 24th, County Council Transportation & Environment Committee Meets on Tree Bills 35-12 and 41-12.
- June 25th, Maryland Native Plant Society monthly program, 7:30 p.m., Kensington Library
Forestry and trees
- Bill 41-12 to protect street trees in the County Rights of Way has been introduced in the Council. Hearing date is Jan. 17. Read about the bill.
- Bill 35-12 to protect trees that are not covered under the Forest Conservation Law has been introduced in the Council. Hearing date: Jan. 17. Click to read about the bill.
Check with your County Councilmember's office or with your State legislators on issues of interest to you.
Click on to each name below to visit the websites of our member organizations or corporate affiliates.
- Audubon Naturalist Society
- Bethesda Green
- Casey Trees
- Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)
- Choose Clean Water Coalition
- Equestrian Partners in Conservation
- Friends of Sligo Creek
- Granito de Arena
- Greater Sandy Spring Green Space
- Hiking Along
- Little Falls Watershed Alliance
- Montgomery Bicycle Advocates (MoBike)
- Montgomery County Civic Federation
- Montgomery Countryside Alliance
- Montgomery County Parks Foundation
- Muddy Branch Alliance
- My Green Montgomery
- Neighbors of the Northwest Branch
- Potomac Conservancy
- Rock Creek Conservancy
- Seven Oaks-Evanswood Citizens' Association
- Silver Spring Green
- Washington Women Outdoors
- West Montgomery County Citizens Association
- Woodrock Homeowners Association