Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a partnership to provide funds for forestry projects and land protection in Anne Arundel County. The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective reforestation and greening projects and increase the number of acres of protected forested land in the County. By increasing tree cover and expanding green areas, erosion can be reduced; water and soil quality can be improved; airborne pollutants such as particulates, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide can be filtered; and summer temperatures and resulting ozone pollution and energy use can be reduced. By protecting forested land, valuable ecological services such as habitat, water quality, and flood control can be ensured for the future.
What this funds: Projects that seek the reforestation/afforestation of lands already protected under permanent protection; the permanent protection of lands that are already forested; or reforestation/afforestation and permanent protection of lands that are currently uneased and unforested.
Who can apply: Land Trusts, land conservancies, faith-based organizations, community associations; service and civic groups, public agencies, public and independent higher educational institutions, and other 501(c)3 private nonprofit organizations (e.g., focused on a conservation).
How much can be awarded: Up to $650,000 is currently available for this round of the program. Reimbursement cannot be made for already completed projects.
Is match required? Match is encouraged, but not required.
Priority Watershed Areas for Reforestation/Afforestation Projects
While all tree planting projects will be considered, priority will be given to reforestation projects within the targeted watershed areas and corresponding acreage below. For more information on these priority watershed areas or to discuss a project idea, please click on the links below or call Jeffrey Popp, Senior Program Officer at 410-974-2941, ext. 103.
Acres to be Reforested/Afforested in each County-Designated Watershed below.
|County Watershed||Acres Mitigation Required|
|Bodkin Creek||Mitigation Requirement Met*|
|Severn River||Mitigation Requirement Met*|
*For more information about county watersheds that have met the mitigation requirements, please contact Jeffrey Popp, Senior Program Officer at 410-974-2941 ext. 103.
Acres to be Reforested/Afforested in each 6-Digit Watershed.
|6-Digit Watershed||Acres Mitigation Required|
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What are the maximum funding requests for easement costs to be supported in Fiscal Year 2021?
The maximum funding requests for easement costs are $2,601 per wooded acre or $5,288 for cropland/unforested land. These easement values were updated with the most recent Fiscal Year 2021 Market Analysis completed for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Reserve Program.
Please use these updated values as provided here and in the revised RFP posted on this website on 9/13/21 to develop your application budget.