This project by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay planted 20,000 trees over 20 acres on state-owned Hart-Miller Island, currently serving as a repository for dredged material from Baltimore Harbor and approach channels. A 3,000-foot beach connects Hart and Miller islands and is maintained as a public park by Maryland DNR Park Services. Reforesting the island will create habitat for various migratory bird species as well as several mammals that will eventually populate the island. Trees will also filter water that drains into the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland DNR will assume ownership of Hart-Miller from the Maryland Port Administration once the Maryland Environmental Service ceases dredge placement. DNR will manage the island for wildlife and recreation. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay wants to continue public involvement in Hart-Miller to raise awareness of the benefits of dredged material and tree planting will provide area citizens with stewardship and recreational opportunities. Many volunteers planted the trees by hand.
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