Backyard Buffers

Thank you for another successful year of the Backyard Buffer program. Over 100 residents throughout Anne Arundel County will be planting 2,000 seedlings as part of the 2017 program. Please be sure to check back in early 2018 for information regarding next year's program. 


The Backyard Buffer program, supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources,  provides Anne Arundel County homeowners free trees and shrubs to create a native woodland buffer.

A woodland buffer enhances your landscape, creates habitat for wildlife and reduces the amount of sediment, fertilizer, and toxic materials that enter our waterways. Deep-rooted trees and shrubs can also stabilize stream banks, protecting them from erosion. 

Where can I plant my Buffer?

  • Roadside Ditches 
  • Downhill from Hard Surfaces
  • Areas that Flood
  • Streams, Creeks, Rivers