Reforestation Program

The Calvert County Critical Area Program requires the County to maintain 100 percent of existing forest cover within the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area. When maintenance or replacement of forest cover onsite is not possible, a fee is collected to cover the cost of replacement on another tract within the Critical Area. These fees-in-lieu of replanting are held in the Critical Area Reforestation Fund and subsequently used to plant appropriate sites.

The Calvert County Critical Area Reforestation Program Evaluation (CARE) Committee oversees, reviews, and approves the planting sites and species for the program. For more information and to apply for "Free Trees in the Critical Area," please visit the CARE Committee page.