Recently, Governor O'Malley announced his Marylanders Plant Trees 2010 School Challenge for all elementary, middle and high school students in which he calls for students to plant trees in their communities in order to help improve the air, water and quality of life in Maryland. The challenge will run throughout the month of April. The schools who plant the most trees will be named to an honor roll while the grand prize winning school will be rewarded with a Department of Natural Resources field day at their school.
In 2009, Marylanders planted more than 41,000 trees. Through a cooperative effort among the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Corrections and Public Safety, Maryland inmates planted an additional 206,000 new trees — that's the equivalent of over 300 acres — on State parks, forests and other public lands last year, toward a 1 million tree goal.