In the County, developers chopping trees must either replant the same number on the site or pay into a "fee in lieu" fund that will re-forest other areas. The Planning Department has used some of this now million dollar fund to re-forest 32 acres of stream buffers in county parks.
But we think we can do more, much more.
The Reserve is ripe for reforestation on lands that are not suitable for crops. MCA will be matching private landowners with the Planning Department to plan tree plantings.
An acre of trees can absorb 68 tons of carbon - the same as taking 17 cars off the road for a year. In rural locations, one acre of forest can produce between $12,000-$77,000 in environmental benefits each year. See more on the impact of reforestation from Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Our global climate challenge needs all the solutions we can throw at it. However, along with promotion of Regenerative Agriculture, another project we are taking on this year, reforestation represents huge carbon cutting potential with lower costs than transportation or retrofitting projects.
To learn more - Visit our ReLeaf Information Page