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Call for tree planting volunteers
Green candidates -- Remember to VOTE on June 24th!
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Community Tree Planting Set 
for May 31 
Trees are strong and visible symbols of local natural resources and enhance community quality of life in countless ways. On May 31st, volunteers can join Conservation Montgomery to add native trees to one of the county's most denuded areas: the Long Branch section of Silver Spring.  

To identify priorities for planting locations, we work with the Planning Department to use GIS mapping from the Montgomery County Urban Tree Canopy Assessment.  This state-of-the-art tool can identify the most denuded sections of the county. Targeting densely populated urban areas where trees are most needed, we work with  volunteers to plant in the spring and fall planting seasons. Each planting event adds new trees to deforested urban areas which will eventually replace lost canopy and improve the quality of urban streams and creeks.  At only 13%, the Long Branch neighborhood has been identified as having the second lowest percentage of tree canopy cover in Montgomery County.  So come out on May 31st and plant in Long Branch with Conservation Montgomery!   


Where:  Flower Avenue Urban Park, 8746 Flower Avenue, Silver Spring

When:   9 a.m. to noon


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED -- Click here to register TODAY.


All students under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer.  A lesson in safe handling of planting tools is held before planting. 


This project is funded by a grant from the Takoma Park Foundation and is being coordinated with our friends at the Montgomery County Parks Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).  


Green Forum 2014
Created opportunity to hear candidate views on green Issues

Remember to vote in the June 24th primary!  In a largely single-party county, the primary election IS the election. 


To help voters be well-informed leading up to the June primary election and early voting, Conservation Montgomery sponsored a Green Forum for Candidates during "Earth Week" in April. Moderated by reporter/anchor Kathy Park from News Channel 8/ABC 7, the event drew more than 100 residents to the Silver Spring Civic Building. Twenty candidates for County Council participated and all four candidates for County Executive were there to express their views on protection of local natural resources.  All of those running for elected office were invited -- and party affiliations were not emphasized -- so that voters could hear about positions rather than party lines. 


Voters heard directly candidates on environmental issues in Montgomery County and candidates engaged with voters a question-and-answer format over a two-hour time frame. County Executive candidates kicked off the meeting with a quick session before departing for another forum, allowing for candidates running for the nine County Council seats to be a focal point for the event. 





 Below:  Candidates for Montgomery County Council  who are 

endorsed by the Sierra Club Group of Montgomery County.*   
At Large 
Beth Daly
At Large
Marc Elrich
District 1
Roger Berliner
District 3
Tom Moore
District 4
Nancy Navarro
District 5
Tom Hucker










* Posted for general information purposes only; Conservation Montgomery does not make endorsements. 


We own these guys! 

We would be remiss if we failed to mention that two members of the Conservation Montgomery Board of Directors are running for elected office -- at left and left to right: Alan Bowser, for Montgomery County Clerk of the Court, and Evan Glass for District 5 on the Council.  All the best, Alan and Evan. Thanks for being courageous enough to offer yourselves for public service.   

Photo Gallery of Recent Conservation Montgomery Activities