BALTIMORE TREE TRUST INC

aka Baltimore Tree Trust   |   Baltimore, MD   |  baltimoretreetrust.org

Mission

Since 2008, Baltimore Tree Trust has been a leader in the city’s effort to protect and increase our urban tree canopy — helping ensure that all Baltimore residents have access to fresh air and clean water for generations to come.

Ruling year info

2009

Chief Executive Officer

Bryant Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Justin Bowers

Main address

2631 Sisson Street

Baltimore, MD 21211 USA

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Formerly known as

Baltimore Tree Trust

EIN

26-4031411

NTEE code info

ural Resource Conservation and Protection) (ENa)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Baltimore Tree Trust aims are to preserve and enhance the city's tree canopy so that all Baltimore City residents share in the benefits to health and well-being that trees, nature, and green spaces provides. By prioritizing job creation through our Neighborhood Forestry workforce program, we also seek to connect Baltimoreans to well-paying, dignified, and stable career pathways in the tree care and environmental stewardship sectors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Trees for Public Health

Recognizing trees as a critical public health tool, our flagship program fosters tree planting projects in historically disinvested neighborhoods where a disproportionate percentage of the population suffers from chronic health conditions and there are high rates of hospitalization.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

When land developers, utility providers, and private property owners plan their next project, they are required by Maryland law to account for trees that may need to be removed, as well as those that can be re-planted.

To mitigate for trees lost on private property, responsible parties can balance their development costs by contracting with us to re-plant trees on their behalf. This service allows the developer to meet their Forest Conservation Act-required mitigation requirements in lieu of paying a fee.

Through our partnership with the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability and other city agencies, we have planted over 1,500 trees since starting the mitigation program in 2018.

Population(s) Served

Our Neighborhood Forestry Initiative seeks to connect economically marginalized Baltimore residents with living wage jobs, industry training, and access to support services needed to excel in the green industry.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people, Ex-offenders, Wrongfully incarcerated people

Related Program

Trees for Public Health

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of trees cared for

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Trees for Public Health

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Baltimore Tree Trust aims to accomplish the following goals:
-Ensure that 100% of the street tree wells in the city are filled and maintained.
-Engage with residents and key city stakeholders to ensure that trees are planted in the best locations for the community neighborhood
-Develop a local workforce to plant and sustain the city's inventory of trees and forests.
-Connect economically marginalized Baltimore residents with living wage jobs, industry training, and access to support services needed to excel in the green industry.
-Advocate for sound public policy informed by ecology and the values of zero net loss.
-Educate the public on the necessity of a healthy tree canopy in the urban environment.

Ensure that 100% of the street tree wells in the city are filled and maintained.
+ Develop a geospatial database of the organization's work.
+ Partner with the city's Dept. of Recreation & Parks - Forestry Division to tabulate citywide metrics.
+ Apply for funding to remove concrete and expand existing tree wells.

Build a local workforce to plant and sustain the city's inventory of trees and forests.
+ Partner with community groups and social service agencies to recruit from vulnerable populations.
+ Develop an industry-recognized training curriculum.
+ Identify and cultivate a network of service providers.
+ Professionalize operations and create a healthy workplace culture.

Advocate for sound public policy informed by ecology and the values of zero net loss.
+ Work in committee to draft new/improved ordinances.
+ Promote effective measures through our public communication channels.
+ Contribute to the adoption of forest management plans and other master planning initiatives.
+ Actively spearhead afforestation/reforestation projects in public natural areas.

Educate the public on the necessity of a healthy tree canopy in the urban environment.
+ Ensure that all employees are able to serve as ambassadors for the organization's mission.
+ Offer free/low cost educational events to the public.
+ Prioritize effective outreach campaigns in advance of planting work.

The Baltimore Tree Trust has all of the requisite capacity to make immediate and significant headway on its goals. Organizational leadership is proactively seeking opportunities to advance our mission and pave a sustainable path forward.

The Baltimore Tree Trust has planted over 15,000 trees since 2008, with a majority of these concentrated in tree wells and parks in parts of East Baltimore where there has historically been a lower tree canopy than in the rest of the city. Tree Trust has also removed over 100,000 SF of city concrete to make way for new and expanded tree wells. Heat-trapping pavement can make public spaces unbearably hot, while also posing a dangerous threat to the health of our city's most vulnerable residents. By creating or expanding new tree wells, we tipped the balance just a little bit more towards better environmental and human health.

A 2015 analysis by the US Forest Service confirmed the correlation between the scarcity of trees in East Baltimore with dramatic heat disparities and an associated list of negative public health factors. Our work in these areas has had a hereto unevaluated impact on the tree canopy in East Baltimore that we anticipate will be affirmed by an upcoming US Forest Service study.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Baltimore City residents, community stakeholders, business owners, neighborhood association leaders

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Baltimore Tree Trust actively engages with community residents to ensure that each tree we plant is done in an intentional manner with the support of neighborhood and stakeholder buy-in.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BALTIMORE TREE TRUST INC

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Chris Feiss


Board co-chair

Thomasina Poirot

Meg Baldwin

Mark Smolarsz

Joan Plisko

Annie Umbricht

Ashley Principe

Chad Vrany

Chris Mfume

David Bramble

Allan House

Michael Woollen

Robert Gray

Doug Holthaus

Alex Fisher

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data