Over the past 22 years, volunteers have planted more than 62,000 red spruce trees in the forests of western Maryland.
Planting Red Spruce Over the past 22 years, volunteers have planted more than 62,000 red spruce trees in the forests of western Maryland. © Severn Smith / TNC

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Red Spruce Tree Planting

Maryland

Help us replant several thousand locally-sourced red spruce seedlings at Cranesville Swamp Preserve.

Red spruce (Picea rubens) once covered thousands of acres in western Maryland. Logging and subsequent wildfires at the turn of the 20th Century drastically reduced its range. It's estimated that in the Central Appalachians as much as 90% of the original red spruce forest is now gone.

You can help us change that statistic—one seedling at a time.

This volunteer opportunity takes place over two days; volunteers are welcome to join for one day or both. 

Your efforts will improve habitat quality for rare plants and animals, restore carbon-rich soils, and improve hydrology and local climate, reducing erosion and increasing percolation of water into the underlying bedrock. It's a pretty good payoff for a spring day spent in a beautiful place!

Registration for this event will be available in early 2019.  For more information, contact Deborah Landau at dlandau@tnc.org.

Cranesville Swamp Preserve is located in western Maryland approximately 3-4 hours from Washington/Baltimore.