Trees and the Chesapeake Bay
Forests used to cover 95% of the land around the Chesapeake Bay, but now they cover less than 58%, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program. Trees work to protect clean water, clean the air and provide food and shelter for wildlife making the Bay area cleaner and healthier for all of us. Trees planted near streams and wetlands form a buffer filtering and cleaning storm-water runoff from parking lots, streets and farm fields before it reaches waterways. Trees planted around homes can reduce energy use by providing shade in summer and windbreaks in winter. Choose one of these 3 common Chesapeake Bay region trees to make your home more Bay-friendly.