On April 6th, the University of Maryland at College Park held a "Good Neighbor Day" event where groups of volunteers and political figures were gathered to clean up and plant trees around the neighborhood. This event is a collaborative initiative by the City of College Park, MNCPPC Parks & Recreation, and the University of Maryland. This year, Team SWAMP was able to donate leftover grant funds into purchasing over 1000 bare-root trees to plant around the Paint Branch river to repair the riparian buffer. The team was awarded $1000 for the Keeping Maryland Beautiful Grant from the Maryland Highway Administration, and one of the requirements was to participate in community involvement with press coverage. After finishing up their research, the team had enough funds to fully cover the plants for this event, with species such as swamp oak, black gum, chestnut oak, swamp dogwood, and many other trees and shrubs. Team SWAMP and 40 other volunteers were able to plant over 800 individual trees along the Paint Branch riverbed that runs across from Comcast Center towards Route One. Thanks to the generosity of the Keeping Maryland Beautiful grant program, Team SWAMP was able to help the University of Maryland campus environment and also raise awareness of environmental issues around campus.
-Lisa Liu: Class of 2013: Team SWAMP