The Howard Hughes Corporation is providing 300 trees to residents of Howard County through the Community Canopy Project, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps expand the tree canopies of cities and towns across the United States. Howard County residents can reserve their free trees at www.arborday.org/howardhughes.
The trees will provide a multitude of community benefits including air absorption, water filtration, carbon capture and energy conservation along with helping homeowners lower energy bills through strategic planting. An online tool helps participants plant trees in the most strategic location near their homes or business leading to the maximum environmental impact and helping estimate the annual money savings that will result from planting the trees. Residents of Howard County can reserve up to two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: Baldcypress, Eastern Redbud, Northern Red Oak, Red Maple and Shadblow Serviceberry.
The Community Canopy Project for Howard County will continue until all 300 trees are reserved. The two-to-four-foot-tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.
“Not only does this project help beautify our county’s landscape, it also provides immense environmental benefits and can help our residents save money on their energy bills,” said Greg Fitchitt, Senior Vice President for Development for Howard Hughes.
The “Community Canopy Project” online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the trees’ other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.
About the Arbor Day Foundation Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 44 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.