Amidst recent celebration of Arbor Day, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz stressed the importance of tree cover as an essential part of communities.
From coverage in the Baltimore Sun (limited free views available):
Kamenetz said that trees not only help the environment by removing and storing carbon from the atmosphere and collecting stormwater runoff, but also provide jobs for county residents.
“Trees are really a form of critical infrastructure,” he said.
“We know that forests and trees provide many environmental benefits, not just for humans, but also for wildlife,” Kamenetz said.
Kamenetz said that Baltimore County plans to increase its tree canopy, especially in areas such as Halethorpe, Lansdowne and Dundalk which are labeled deficient.
“By the year 2025, we will achieve and maintain a 50 percent tree canopy countywide,” Kamenetz said.