Howard County's Champion Trees

Howard County, a member of Tree City USA, has a great variety of both native and exotic trees. In keeping with its mission to public awareness of our natural resources and the value of forest resource conservations, the Howard County Forestry Board maintains a register of the Champion Trees in our county. To have one of your trees measured please contact Champion Tree Coordinator.

Howard County Arboreta

The arboretum program is based on our conviction that an understanding of the importance of our local ecosystem is fundamental to having effective environmental programs. This program adds tree tags, interpretive signs and other educational services to existing parks and cultivated gardens in the county.
An exciting new addition to the arboretum at the Howard County Government's office complex is an interactive map, created as a collaboration between the Forestry Board and the county's GIS department. A wonderful assortment of trees has been planted around the complex. The interactive map will help you locate and identify these trees. Howard County Forestry Board has placed identification signs at 41 of the trees. We hope this exhibit piques your curiosity and encourages you to look at the trees carefully and inquisitively. 

Riparian Buffer Planting

    Working with Howard County Department of Public Works, Department of Recreation and Parks and the State Department of Natural Resources, the Board helped plant hundreds of trees in Atholton Park.

In the Schools

The Board participates in the Chesapeake Bay School Reforestation Project. School forests have been established at Elkridge Elementary, Patuxent Valley Middle, Clarksville Elementary, and Guilford Elementary. 
Howard County Forestry Board members are also involved with the local schools in teaching tree identification, and environmental practices.

Howard County Fair

The Board donates books and educational materials to County libraries, maintaining the availability of up-to-date forest management information for forest landowners. The Board also participates in the annual Howard County Fair in West Friendship in August.

Arbor Day

The Howard County Forester and Board members visit County elementary schools to talk about the importance of trees and distribute tree seedlings to students. Each year the Board donates a tree to celebrate Howard County's designation as a "Tree City USA". 

Forestry Camp

The Howard County Forestry Board, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, sponsors an annual workshop for high school students at the Forestry Conservation and Resources Week held at the Camp Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. The board selects and sponsors two students, who contemplate careers in resource management, to attend the week-long program. 

Coloring Book

A fun activity book for kids of all ages. Learn lots of surprising facts about trees and forests.


Forestry Education in Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland - Forest Technology

University of Maryland - Urban and Community Foresty

Other Sites of Interest:

Tree Identification Leaf Key

Tree-Mendous Maryland

MD DNR Urban and Community Forestry

University of Maryland, Forestry Education Programs

Grants for Tree Plantings

Blossoms of Hope

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