The Creek ReLeaf program is a multi-year reforestation program assisting with the County’s MS4 permit requirements, and is designed to increase the total amount of forested area within Frederick County, including privately owned lands and public properties. Forested lands provide stormwater control, reduce temperature impacts on County streams, and increase wildlife habitat. The program provides private landowners with native trees and shrubs planted on their property, 5 years of maintenance to establish the forest stand, and $9,000 per acre for a permanent reforestation easement that will be placed on the planted parcel. After the initial 5 years, the property maintenance reverts to the land owner with County inspections every three years.
The Creek ReLeaf program anticipates planting a total of 185 acres in the current cycle.
Prior to Applying
Interested property owners should do the following prior to applying for the program:
Determine the area proposed to be reforested
Review the proposed Permanent Conservation Easement
Know where any easements are located on the property
Know where the septic field is (if present on property)
General Scoring Criteria
The Creek ReLeaf Program will rank and prioritize proposed reforestation areas on a yearly basis using the scoring criteria listed below:
Size of proposed reforestation project (multiple property owners can join together to increase their chances of being accepted as the minimum acreage to be reforested must be at least 2 acres)
Potential to expand or connect existing forests
Proximity to a stream with high or poor water quality
Presence of Brook Trout within the watershed
Access to site for planting, maintenance, and long-term monitoring
Presence of other nearby restoration efforts to improve watershed health
Site outside of the following jurisdictional boundaries: Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Frederick City, Middletown, Mount Airy, Myersville, Thurmont, and Walkersville
Know Your Land:
Reforestation will not be allowed in:
Existing easements such as water, sewer, power lines, etc.
Existing or proposed septic fields
Existing agricultural easements where conflict may occur