Contact Peggy Perry
Loch Raven Reservoir (Oct. 24, 2009) - The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) and enthusiastic volunteers have planted over 17,000 trees in the Gunpowder Watershed since the early 1990's. This fall the GVC and hundreds of volunteers will plant 570 trees to restore riparian and upland forest buffers on 2.75 acres directly within Loch Raven Reservoir. "Riparian" simply means the area where land borders a body of water. This is one of the most beneficial areas on which to plant, as the trees will help filter and clean groundwater before it enters streams, rivers, or reservoirs. Thus, simply by planting trees in riparian areas in Loch Raven Reservoir, volunteers help to make our drinking water cleaner. Local wildlife benefits as well. Planting trees along a stream or tributary to the reservoir contributes to plant diversity, improves stream bank stability, provides leaf litter on which aquatic invertebrates forage, and shades and cools the water, creating optimal habitat for aquatic life.
The GVC tree planting program
within Loch Raven Reservoir is a 4 to 5 year project to continue these
restoration efforts on over 15 acres of reservoir land. The location of the plantings this fall will
be along the Skeet and
This program is part of a
partnership among the Baltimore City Reservoir Managers, the
All trees to be planted are native to the Chesapeake region, including; Red Oak, Willow Oak, White Oak, Burr Oak, Sycamore, Tulip Poplar, Silver Maple, Red Maple, Eastern Red Bud, Dog Wood, Green Ash, River Birch, American Elm, and Black Walnut. (Or, in a shorter version, Oak, Ash, Maple, and other riparian species.)
On Nov. 14th, the GVC
will also plant 150 trees at Dulaney Branch along a tributary to Loch Raven
Reservoir. The Dulaney High School Key
Club and Girl Scout Troop 1112 will be providing over 80 volunteers for this
planting. And on Oct. 31st,
the GVC will be planting 75 large trees at Bee Tree Preserve with volunteers
from Towson Presbyterian Church,
For those who may be interested in volunteering for the tree planting events, please contact Peggy Perry, Program Director of Education and Restoration for Gunpowder Valley Conservancy at
Did You Know?
Forests currently cover 2.6
million acres or approximately forty-one (41) percent of the State of
One acre of forest absorbs six
tons of carbon dioxide and produces four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet
the annual needs of eighteen people. (
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, a non-profit organization, mobilizes people and resources to care for the lands, waters and character of the Gunpowder Watershed. Its emphasis is on land preservation, restoration, stream cleanups and education.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional non-profit that builds and fosters partnerships to protect and to restore the Bay and its rivers.
The Chesapeake Bay
Trust provides grant funding
for on-the-ground Chesapeake Bay restoration projects throughout
Recreational Equipment Inc., (REI)'s giving and outreach efforts are centered on developing and supporting strong community relationships. In 2008, REI will distribute $3.7 million to nonprofit organizations in support of local and national nonprofits that share the company's commitment to increase participation in outdoor recreation and the conservation of shared outdoor spaces. This funding is expected to support approximately 400 nonprofits across the country, of which a majority will be youth-oriented organizations.