BGE is trimming and removing thousands of trees in our neighborhoods to protect their electrical wires from damage and destruction. Whatever you think about this program - it is moving forward.
One thing we can all agree on is that Baltimore needs more trees. Both the city and the county have set goals to radically increase their tree canopy (the amount of land covered by the spread of the trees). While cutting the trees may help keep the lights on, it will have devastating effects on all the good things that trees provide: absorbing and slowing our stormwater, cleaning our air, cooling our streets, securing our soil and more. And it sets back both the city's and county's tree goals.
While there is no formal program yet to replace the trees taken down, BGE will help you cover some of the costs to replace certain qualifying trees that they cut down on your property.
There are two steps you need to take:
(1) find out how many trees that were taken down qualify for the voucher program.
(2) purchase the kind of replacement trees that qualify for the voucher program.
If you had trees cut down in your yards, contact Chad Devine at Chad.S.Devine@BGE.com and ask him about the $100 per tree voucher program, and which trees of yours that BGE removed qualify for earning you a $100 voucher.
A replacment tree that qualifies for the program can grow no larger than 25 feet. It must be purchased from a licensed nursery or landscape provider and you must submit your receipt to BGE. You can find a list of qualifying trees here. While fruit trees do not appear on this list, Chad has assured us that small and dwarf fruit trees will qualify as replacement trees.
Any replacement tree is valuable. Replacement fruit trees are doubly so.
White March Center
11350 Pulaski Highway
White Marsh, MD 21162
Many fruit trees qualify - especially dwarf fruit trees that allow easy picking their entire lives. Now is a great time to buy a fruit tree and plant it. And you can get a refund for their costs.
If you do buy and plant a fruit tree, please do also register it on our tree registry form.
We hope to hear from you.