2012 Year in Review: A (whole bunch of) tree(s) grow(s) in Reservoir Hill

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Volunteers plant large Willow Oak trees along Druid Park Lake Dr. (12/9/12)

If you were a tree looking for a home in Reservoir Hill this month, December was a good time for you. If you were a large stretch of sidewalk concrete or just an empty green space, you're still probably dealing with a significant lifestyle change. In just the last two weeks, volunteers have planted nearly 50 trees in newly created or expanded sidewalk tree pits, empty tree pits, and strips of grass!

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Reservoir Hill Tree Stewards install a new tree in front of their house on Reservoir St. (12/1/12)

For members of Reservoir Hill's Tree Steward program,  December marked the beginning of a long-term commitment to the trees they personally helped to plant. SinceChesapeake Bay Trust helped us start the program in 2011, more than 40 residents have joined Reservoir Hill's Tree Steward group to share knowledge, tools, and outreach materials that will ensure our recently planted trees continue to thrive.

Preparing new sidewalk planting sites:

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Blue Water Baltimore crew members cut a new sidewalk tree pit on Callow Ave. (11/29/12)

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James, RHIC's Chesapeake Bay Trust Conservation Corps member, learns how to cut concrete on Linden Ave. (11/30/12)

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Ms. Reese admires her newly planted tree on Linden Ave. (12/1/12)

For other volunteers, whether they came from youth groups such as The Choice Program and New Lens, or local partners like Beth Am Synagogue, Jewish Volunteer Connection, Johns Hopkins University, Patapsco Back River Tributary Team, and Blue Water Baltimore, December has been a month to learn just how heavy a 3.5 in. caliper tree can be! This past Sunday 12/9/12, thanks to a Partnership for Parks grant from Parks & People Foundation, more than 25 volunteers helped transform the empty walking path along the south side of Druid Park Lake Dr. between Linden Ave. and Lakeview Ave. into a tree-lined space.

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View of Druid Park Lake Dr. from Linden Ave. toward Lakewview Ave. (11/28/12)

Reservoir Hill resident Rebecca Feldberg, a certified arborist and Reservoir Hill Community Garden volunteer manager, trained participants in proper planting technique. And on a cold, wet, muddy morning, we needed every single pair of hands to help install these large Willow Oak trees.

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After:

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Who knew trees could be so much fun?

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