Maryland: City applying for tree grant
By DAN DEARTH
July 12, 2009
HAGERSTOWN — Hagerstown officials will apply for a $35,000 state grant to buy about 250 trees in an effort to make the city more green.
City Planning Director Kathleen Maher on Tuesday told the City Council that the trees would be part of a plan to increase the city’s “urban tree canopy cover” from 21 percent to 30 percent by 2050.
Maher said the canopy cover percentage is determined by satellite imagery.
At 21 percent, Hagerstown ranks well below the state average of 35 percent, Maher said.