Cumberland Urban Tree Program Walking Tour Focus - wjz.com:
Maryland's natural resources secretary plans to hit the streets of Cumberland to discuss the western Maryland city's urban tree canopy program.
DNR Secretary John Griffin will take a walking tour of the city on Friday. Program officials say trees provide shade that lowers temperatures and saves energy as well as reducing storm runoff and improving water quality. Other benefits include enhanced property values and increased wildlife habitat.
Cumberland is one of a number of cities statewide with urban tree canopy programs. DNR officials will discuss how federal, state and local officials are working to create a plan that can serve as a model for other cities.