Tree Planting

Help Plant Tomorrow's Forests Today

Tree planting is a simple yet rewarding way to make a difference for future generations. Each year, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) plants over one thousand trees to expand and enrich forest habitat within the Gunpowder watershed. Our work has especially focused on restoring the dying white pine stands around Loch Raven Reservoir, an important source of Baltimore’s drinking water.

Everyone knows trees help reduce air pollution. Did you know that trees also play an important role in the health of our waterways?

  • Tree roots decrease erosion and stabilize streambanks
  • Tree roots absorb stormwater runoff (pollution)
  • Tree cover maintains cooler water temperatures along streams

Ways to Get Involved

  • Volunteer to plant trees in spring or fall. GVC works with individuals and groups. We have worked with a variety of Scout troops, school clubs, faith-based green teams, and corporate volunteers. Group slots fill up quickly so make sure to fill out the form below ASAP!
  • Train to become a Reforestation Crew Chief and teach other volunteers how to plant trees.
  • Learn more about our forest stewardship program that ensures that young trees grow into healthy forests.
  • Plant FREE trees on your property: GVC is committed to tripling our tree planting efforts by 2023 as part of the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition’s Planting the Future initiative. We are actively seeking property owners interested in adding 50+ native trees to their property. GVC would provide the trees at no cost, install them with volunteer crews, as well as provide maintenance for several years.

Questions? Contact Peg Perry, Senior Reforestation Specialist, by email or 443-415-7969

Funding provided by grants from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition.

Tree Planting Interest Form

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Interested in Planting Trees?
Interested in Forest Stewardship?
Interested in Invasive Management?
Interested in being trained as Volunteer Leader?

With the help of volunteers, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy has successfully planted over 34,000 trees in the Gunpowder Watershed.