County to Partner with Chesapeake Bay Trust for Tree Planting Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2019
ELKTON, MD. -- The Cecil County Department of Land Use and Development Services (LUDS) is considering a partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust) to offer a local grant program for planting trees around streams. The idea is aimed at implementing one of the goals stated in the County’s recently adopted Green Infrastructure Plan, “to ensure 70% of our streams are surrounded by trees,” which can help improve water quality, reduce stormwater flooding, and enhance wildlife habitat.
LUDS currently spends fee-in-lieu monies collected for development impacts inside its Critical Area and the partnership with the Trust would help identify strategic planting areas, award the projects as a local grant, and ensure the appropriate maintenance and monitoring is performed.
By engaging the expertise of the local non-profit industry, Cecil County is capable of participating in these environmentally sound initiatives in a more efficient and cost effective manner, which has gained the support of County Executive Alan McCarthy.
“This is a novel concept in Maryland and one Cecil County makes strategically to both implement the plan and ensure development impacts are mitigated within the affected watersheds,” said McCarthy.
“The Chesapeake Bay Trust has a successful track record of partnering on similar grant-making programs with many Maryland counties and local jurisdictions, as well as projects it funds through revenues generated from the Chesapeake Bay vehicle license plate, and stands ready to assist Cecil County’s efforts in supporting their Green Infrastructure Plan,” stated Jana Davis, Executive Director of the Trust.
LUDS will also work with the State’s Critical Area Commission staff to make the appropriate policy revisions necessary to spend the funds outside of the Critical Area and within its countywide Green Infrastructure Network.
To learn more about Cecil County’s Green Infrastructure Plan, visit http://www.ccgov.org/government/land-use-development-services/planning-zoning-division/green-infrastructure.
Photo: Cecil County's Green Infrastructure Plan Coordinator Bryan Lightner and County Executive Alan McCarthy planted trees with students at North Bay earlier this year for Arbor Day.
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government