Published on October 29, 2014
Introduction WELCOME! This is a citizen’s guide to caring or a neighborhood orest patch. One-fth o Baltimore’s tree canopy is made up o orest patches outside parks. I you are totally new to the orest, this guide is or you. I you’re considering caring or one o Baltimore’s orest patches, you are taking your rst step into an adventure where you will learn more about trees, plants, birds and your neighborhood. Forests—even city orests—help clean the air and water, and make our summers a little cooler. I you care or the orest you are caring or your lungs, the air in your neighborhood, and the health and wellness o the Chesapeake Bay. You are also caring or many kinds o birds and other animals. I you live near a orest patch, you may also be concerned about dumping, saety, and vines that may be smothering the trees. Baltimore’s orest patches need you! This guide can help you and your neighborhood take the rst steps to improving the health o your orest patch and making it a place the whole neighborhood can treasure. You will be joining other neighborhoods that care or orests and trees right here in Baltimore. Forest Stewards, TreeKeepers and many other olks care or our natural world to make sure there are orests and clean water or the next generations. This guide is published by Baltimore Green Space, a city-wide land trust or community-managed open space. I you want to learn more and meet other orest stewards, join our Forest Stewardship Network, which provides support and education. Visit us at baltimoregreenspace.org or more inormation, or call 443-996-3811. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This guide was inspired by the orest stewards whom Baltimore Green Space Works with, the orests they care or, and the experts who tell us what’s what. We thank Butch Berry, Helene Perry, Kathy Brohawn, Mabel Smith, Charles Brown, and Henashena Hayes—our rst “class” o stewards—or sharing the journey with us; Ian Yesilonis, our mentor or orest patch stewardship; the Parks and People Foundation (and especially Ashley Smith); Blue Water Baltimore (and especially Darin Crew), Baltimore City Forestry and CGRN or sharing tools and trees; Amanda Cunningham, Charlie Davis, Anne Colgan, Gary Letteron and Glenda Weber or serving as our village elders; the Maryland Woodland Stewards Program (and especially Johnathan Kays) or their excellent training; and nally the Maryland Environmental Trust or unding the creation o this guide. Contents 1. VERY BASIC INFO 1 How to Use this Workbook 2 What’s In Your Forest Patch? 3 Forest Patch First Aid 2. GETTING PEOPLE INVOLVED 5 Who Cares about the Forest Patch? 6 How to Plan a Workday 8 Forest Activity Calendar 3. PROJECT TIP SHEETS 10 Trash 12 English Ivy 14 Poison Ivy 16 Paths 18 Forest Edges 19 Fun Workshops 20 Planting a Tree 4. ABOUT TREES & FORESTS 21 Forest Facts 101 23 How to Respect a Tree 24 Forest Layers and other Cool Charts 27 Parts of a Trunk V. APPENDICES A Event Planning Sheet B Sign-in Sheet C Liability Waiver and Photo Release D Experts, Volunteers, and other Resources 1. Basic Info HOW TO USE THIS WORKBOOK This workbook can help you and your neighbors get started with caring or a orest patch. This frst section is the key—it includes a place to record basic inormation about your patch, and also the basic tasks in Forest Patch First Aid. Section 2 is all about getting more people involved in caring or the patch. Section 3 has the nitty gritty about how to do Forest Patch First Aid. Section 4 provides basic inormation about trees and orests. The appendices have useul orms and a list o resources. As you work in the orest patch, you may see a need or projects that go beyond what’s discussed here. Examples include removal o invasive trees, planting additional trees, substantial removal o orest foor plants, and designing an attractive edge. For these, you need more help! That’s because orests are wonderul and complex ecosystems, and it’s quite possible to do harmul things. Please talk to experts beore you proceed. Have un, and enjoy the woods!