Red spruce seedlings
Red Spruce (Picea rubens) once covered thousands of acres in western Maryland. © Severn Smith / TNC

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Native Tree Planting


Join us for a day planting native trees in western Maryland! Help restore an imperiled native plant community to the benefit of wildlife and watershed.

In partnership with Trout Unlimited and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), TNC is co-organizing a tree planting day to restore 19 acres of native forest habitat on a SHA owned parcel just west of Grantsville, MD.

We will be planting 3,500 trees, including 2,000 red spruce. 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.

With questions or for more details please contact Seth Moessinger at or 301-268-5751.

Notes to keep in mind:

  • There are no facilities at the planting site.
  • We recommend packing water and a lunch.
  • Please dress in layers and be ready for rain, snow and/or sun. The weather is extremely variable in this region.  
  • Wear sturdy shoes/hiking boots that you don’t mind getting wet. We will be planting along the edge of the swamp.
  • Pack dry socks/a change of clothes for the ride home – you won’t regret it!