Trees are critical to the health of our watershed. Deep root systems control erosion and absorb pollutants that would otherwise enter the Bay. Leaf canopies intercept and slow rain as it falls. The forest floor with its layers of twigs, leaves, and understory vegetation, acts like a sponge for stormwater.
Trees provide important wildlife habitat—many animals and birds depend on trees for a place to live and for food. Trees also store carbon and intercept airborne pollutants. Trees can contribute to energy savings, too. The shade from trees planted at a proper exposure near a home can reduce summer cooling costs by 40%.
More than 60 species of trees are native to Anne Arundel County. Some of the most common choices are red and white oak, willow oak, redbud, eastern red cedar, yellow poplar, sweet gum, sycamore and red maple.
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