We give residents the skills and resources to turn their woods into beautiful gathering places.
Urban forests are essential to our city’s health.
One fifth of Baltimore’s tree canopy is made up of forest patches of at least 15,000 square feet outside parks. These bits of forest are valuable for their ability to absorb and filter stormwater, cool the city, and provide habitat for birds (such as eagles and songbirds) and other wildlife. Unfortunately, they have little protection, and many are neglected or, worse, treated as dumping grounds.
Many of Baltimore’s forest patches are on land that is unsuitable for development due to streams, slopes, and the large trees that have grown, which make them a perfect community retreat and reason to take care of them.
While it’s difficult to formally preserve forest patches, we do our best to help communities improve and care for them.
Through our Forest Stewardship Network, Baltimore Green Space works with neighborhoods that care about a local forest patch and want the skills and resources to turn these woods into beloved neighborhood oases.
The Network is composed of residents and experts from organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Parks & People Foundation, Blue Water Baltimore, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, and the Maryland Natural History Society.
We hold quarterly meetings and frequent hands-on workshops such as Invasive Vine Removal, Spring Invasives, Tree ID, and bird walks. Keep an eye out for upcoming events!
And as always, we work to improve government policies related to forest patches, and successfully advocated for a stronger conservation bill.
From guidebooks about forest stewardry to tips about grants, we have tons of helpful resources.