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County Plants 100 Trees in Pikesville, Randallstown, Woodlawn

The schools and a Baltimore County Police Department location have gotten some extra trees planted on their grounds because of a federal program.

Dozens of new trees have been planted on public property in Pikesville, Randallstown and Woodlawn, as part of the county's "Cool Trees" program.

Through a federal government program, Baltimore County planted a total of 957 trees in hopes that they will make the county buildings more energy efficient.

Among those plantings are the following 100:

The program, which plants native shade trees within 60 feet of the south and southwest sides of public buildings, cost $500,000.

According to a county news release, over the next 30 years, the trees' shade will prove $2 million in environmental benefits.

The program was paid for with an Energy Efficiency Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, according to a county news release.

The county used its computer mapping technology system to determine the best locations to plant the trees.

Read more about Cool Trees.

Do you think this is a wise use of federal funds? Tell us in the comments box.

Kennard July 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I my math right? Is that $500 or $5000 per tree? Either way that's too expensive. Please clarify the price.
William Metzner, Sr. July 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM
The 957 trees at a total cost of $500,000 would amount to $522.47 per tree, according to my calculations. The trees must be very exotic or therapeutic, I guess!

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