The Baltimore Tree Trust Story

The Baltimore Tree Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009 to make Baltimore a greener and healthier place to live. Our mission is to restore Baltimore’s urban forest through increased tree planting, community engagement, and advocacy. Since our inception, we have planted over 4,000 trees on private property and in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. The Tree Trust spearheads efforts to achieve Baltimore’s 40% urban tree canopy goal by methodically planting up neighborhoods that have few existing trees, while engaging community leaders and stakeholders in the planting and sustainable maintenance of trees.

Baltimore Tree Trust partners program, nonprofit partners includes the city's TreeBaltimore, private landowners, city residents, and businesses.

 

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Volunteers Needed

We're committed to educating and encouraging enthusiastic, community-driven Baltimore citizens to plant trees in their neighborhoods.

Join us as we work to Transform Baltimore with trees!

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Recent Events

 

A C-Change Conversation

An Evening with Kathleen Biggins

A bipartisan discussion about our environment and those who live in it

On Wednesday the 15th, the Baltimore Tree Trust and Green Spring Valley Garden Club co-sponsored a wonderful lecture presented by Kathleen Biggins about the science behind climate change and how we can take action.

Learn more about C-Change Conversations

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Our History

The Baltimore Tree Trust was founded in 2009 with one goal in mind… to "Transform Baltimore with trees!"

In 2012 the organization began working in the McElderry Park neighborhood. The final tree was planted on April 24, 2015 totaling 464 new trees that were planted, more than doubling the existing tree canopy in this neighborhood. This Trees for Public Health (TPH) neighborhood-pilot project serves as our model for restoring the city's tree canopy. TPH is a program that removes impervious surface and plants street trees within the public right-of-way in neighborhoods with low tree canopy percentage.

Spring 2013 BTT, partnering with Baltimore City Forestry Conservancy District Board, launched the Baltimore TreeKeepers (TK) program. TreeKeepers educates residents and increases their participation in the care of city trees.

Summer 2014, BTT began working in our second TPH neighborhood, Old Goucher, planting a total of 327 trees by October 2015. In Spring 2015, we began planting in our third TPH neighborhood, Ellwood Park. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, community members, and TreeKeepers, we completely planted the Ellwood Park neighborhood by Spring 2016, adding 600 new street trees to the community.

Summer 2015, BTT launched Putting Down Roots (PDR), a tree planting partnership with private property owners and the Archdiocese of Baltimore to increase the overall urban canopy. To date we have planted hundreds of trees on private properties throughout the city.

Since completing Ellwood Park we have successfully planted two additional TPH neighborhoods, Milton Montford and Madison Eastend. In spring 2017, we began work in our sixth TPH neighborhood, planting trees in Middle East. As of May 2017, BTT has planted 4,005 new trees throughout the city of Baltimore and has removed 64,016 square feet of impervious surface.

Our Challenge: Baltimore's Urban Canopy is in Decline

The Baltimore Tree Trust was founded to work collaboratively with others to restore Baltimore’s urban forest, which has been in steady decline for several decades. Our city forest consists of 2.6 million trees, one quarter of which are distressed, dead, or dying according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Baltimore City’s tree canopy has declined by a third to just 27% of overall landmass and our hottest, starkest streets are without trees. In summer of 2014, the Emerald Ash Borer arrived in Baltimore, making the challenge even greater. The city expects to lose 5,000 ash street trees and 285,000 in its woods and parks.

The city aims to increase the overall tree canopy to 40% of landmass by 2037. To achieve this goal, Baltimore must plant 750,000 trees at a rate of 25,000 new trees each year.

At present, Baltimore does not plant even 10,000 new trees a year.

 

Join us as we work to Transform Baltimore with trees!

Let's get started!

Giving

The Baltimore Tree Trust is a 501(c)3 incorporated in the State of Maryland. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. As a nonprofit organization, The Baltimore Tree Trust receives funds from the state, city, foundations, corporations and private individuals.

Your gift supports critical initiatives such as Trees for Public Health, a program that focuses on planting new street trees in concrete laden neighborhoods. Other initiatives include TreeKeepers and community outreach. All of our dedicated financial supporters will be recognized in the Baltimore Tree Trust’s annual report. Your contribution is creating a greener, healthier Baltimore.

Thank you for helping the Baltimore Tree Trust make our city a more healthful, beautiful place.

 

 

If you prefer to donate by mail, send a check to:

Baltimore Tree Trust
PO Box 26202, Baltimore, MD 21210

You can also email us for more information.

Staff & Trustees

Portrait of Mark Conway, Executive Director of the Baltimore Tree Trust.

Mark Conway
Executive Director

Mark works with staff, stakeholders, and the organization's Board of Directors to execute the strategic priorities of Baltimore Tree Trust's core programs; Trees for Public Health and Putting Down Roots.

Prior to joining BTT, Mark served Baltimore City as the Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of CitiStat where he advised the Mayor on the management and operations of the city using data. While completing his Master's Degree in Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Mark conducted research at the EPA on high impact, low cost solutions for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Get in touch with Mark

 

Portrait of Sheila McMenakin, Director of Programs for the Baltimore Tree Trust.

Sheila McMenamin
Director of Programs

Sheila works to ensure the operational success of Baltimore Tree Trust's main programs – Trees for Public Health, Putting Down Roots, Corporate Greening Days, and Forest Mitigation – through project management and community partnerships.

Before joining the BTT team, Sheila was a foundational member at Baltimore Corps, where she worked as the Recruitment and Admissions Manager on their partnerships team. Sheila holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland in College Park, and is an avid environmentalist. Outside of work, you can find her going on hikes and performing with the Baltimore Improv Group and Charm City Comedy Project.

Get in touch with Sheila

 

Portrait of Alex Smith, Director of Operations for the Baltimore Tree Trust.

Alex Smith
Director of Operations

Alex leads the organization’s field operations which consist of managing green jobs and general maintenance of trees. He has several years of experience in the landscaping profession and has completed Maryland Master Gardener certification.

Alex has worked on projects designing and constructing a variety of landscapes and hardscapes. With his diverse greening background and his passion to educate, he is a natural for assisting with our organization’s neighborhood outreach efforts.

Get in touch with Alex

 

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Bramble

Debbie Cameron, Secretary

Howard K. Cohen

Christopher A. Feiss, Co-Chair

Alex G. Fisher, Treasurer

Allan House

Larry Jennings, Jr.

Chris Mfume

Thomasina E. Poirot, Co-Chair

Maria Tarmoun

Dr. Annie Umbricht

Chad Vrany

 

 

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EMERITUS TRUSTEES

Jane Brown

W. T. Dixon "Dick" Gibbs

Barbara Shea

 

 

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HONORARY MEMBER

Tom Horton