Tall, small, leafy and bare-rooted trees were planted along rivers and streams in every Bay jurisdiction during April as the Bay Program conducted events in conjunction with Arbor Day celebrations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The projects were aimed at increasing public awareness of the Bay Program goal to restore and plant 2,010 miles of streamside forests by the year 2010.
The events began April 1 in the District of Columbia's Anacostia neighborhood with students from Kramer Middle School planting two Yoshino cherry trees on the school grounds to celebrate the district's Arbor Day.
On April 4, the Bay Program, the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, and local citizens planted 500 seedlings along a tributary to the Little Paint Branch of the Anacostia at the U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in Beltsville, Md.
On Virginia's Arbor Day, April 11, more than 250 seedlings were were planted at Bull Run Regional Park in Fairfax County to act as a buffer between Route 66 and Cub Run. Scouts, students and other volunteers showed up to plant the trees. The event was sponsored by the Bay Program, the USF&WS, the Virginia Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
The events wrapped up with a grand finale in Pennsylvania on April 19 as 3,000 seedlings were planted along the Capital Area Greenbelt in Harrisburg. The event was sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Bay Program, and the trees were donated by the National Tree Trust. Youth groups, local citizens and scouting groups turned out for the planting, which will improve wildlife habitat and help reduce pollution to Asylum Run, which flows into the Susquehanna River.