Creek ReLeaf Program - Reforesting Frederick County
About the Program
Frederick County's Creek ReLeaf Program is a multi-year reforestation program geared towards replanting trees on both private and public lands lacking trees to provide stormwater control, reduce temperature impacts on County streams, and to assist the County in meeting regulatory requirements. The Creek ReLeaf Program anticipates planting up to 85 acres of native trees on private and public properties during this year's application period. Property owners are encouraged to apply to the program during each of the open application periods. This year's application period was from May 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017.
Applicants who are selected for the program will work together with County staff to draft and finalize the permanent conservation easement on the property proposed to be reforested and will be financially compensated at a rate of $9,000 per acre placed within the easement. In addition, Frederick County will plant the trees and perform the first five years of maintenance; thereafter, the property owner will be responsible for maintenance. After the 5 years of initial maintenance, County staff will have the rights to inspect, verify, and enforce based on the terms outlined in the signed permanent conservation easement.
Anticipated Achievement of the Creek ReLeaf Program
Creek ReLeaf's first year goal is to plant 8,500 trees by May 2018!
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General Scoring Criteria
The Creek ReLeaf Program will rank and prioritize proposed reforestation areas on a yearly basis using the scoring criteria listed below:
Size of proposed reforestation project (multiple property owners can join together to increase their chances of being accepted as the minimum acreage to be reforested must be at least 2 acres)
Potential to expand or connect existing forests
Proximity to a stream with high or poor water quality
Presence of Brook Trout within the watershed
Access to site for planting, maintenance, and long-term monitoring
Presence of other nearby restoration efforts to improve watershed health
Site outside of the following jurisdictional boundaries: Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Frederick City, Middletown, Mount Airy, Myersville, Thurmont, and Walkersville