The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) develops partnerships with local governments, community organizations and garden clubs for the purpose of beautifying highways and improving the environment. Community gateway plantings, reforestation plantings, streetscapes and highway beautification plantings are examples of the types of projects that have been completed within the Partnership Planting Program.
What To Do:
Within your community, identify a landscaping need within the right of way of a State Highway. SHA will help you select a site or identify a need near your community if you need assistance. When a site has been selected and meets approval from all parties, SHA will provide a landscape design for the project.
Some organizations sponsor plantings by participating in the cost of projects. Others participate by providing volunteers to do the work. These arrangements are decided on a project by project basis. We may also ask for long term support to maintain the project. Planning well in advance is necessary because of the time needed to develop plans, coordinate activities, acquire volunteers and stockpile materials. Often, there is a waiting list for sponsors because of demands on the program.
SHA will identify a project coordinator to work with the sponsoring organization. We will provide a planting site, a landscape plan, landscape materials and support volunteers on the day of the planting or install the landscaping.
How to Begin:
Identify a project in which you might be interested and estimate the number of volunteers or funds available for the project. Write to us about your ideas and plans:
Mr. Ken Oldham
Maryland State Highway Administration
Landscape Operations Division, C-304
707 N. Calvert St. Baltimore MD 21202
e-mail at email@example.com.