For the past several years, Old Goucher resident and Tree Activist Mateusz Rozanski, shown here with Amanda Cunningham of the Tree Trust, has been leading the re-greening of Old Goucher. Mateusz and local residents have planted almost 300 new street trees—with steady help from the city's TreeBaltimore program—in the blocks bounded by W. 20th St., W. 27th Street, and Guilford Avenue on the east and N. Howard on the west.
In spring of 2014, the Baltimore Tree Trust began working with the Old Goucher Community Association, and has now designated this central Baltimore area its next Trees for Public Health neighborhood. In summer of 2014, residents saw the street tree inventory underway as Zoe Clarkwest and her colleague Jennifer in Rain Underground spent the summer conducting a complete i-Tree Streets inventory to determine the number and species of new trees needed to restore the urban tree canopy. From this, we have learned that Old Goucher has 1075 trees and room for about 425 more, and its canopy is dominated by Littleleaf lindens, Callery pears, and red maples.
In early fall 2014, the Tree Trust began working with P. Flanigan & Sons, which is generously creating new tree wells throughout the neighborhood pro bono. In fall 2014, the Tree Trust is collaborate with Old Goucher and other partners in the first tree plantings, engaging neighbors and outside volunteers. This is the start of completely planting up the neighborhood, bringing shade and beauty to those blocks that are barren. For future summer tree maintenance, a Green Team of local youth and watering truck will be arranged.
A dozen Old Goucher residents—including Mateusz—have already begun their training to become city TreeKeepers, trained volunteers who can help expertly plant and care for the new trees. Please join us as we create a lusher, healthier Old Goucher neighborhood!