The Linde Division of Union Carbide Corp. launched "Rooting for America -- The Linde Community Tree-Planting Program," a nationwide environmental program, last year.
This year, the Anne Arundel County offices of the New Jersey-based division are working to get North County communities involved in planting tree seedlings in what it calls special-care grounds.
The young trees are tended in the areas for two or three years, until they are strong enough for transplanting.
The offices are making a $2,500 cash donation to the Anne Arundel Beautification Programto purchase the trees. Linde is also seeking volunteers to care for seedlings.
Among the groups that have already furnished volunteers are the Boy Scouts, the Coast Guard and the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Riviera Beach. But more volunteers are needed.
In 1990, 6,000 volunteers planted more than 50,000 trees at sites across the United States. This year, Anne Arundel will be one of 25 locations involved in the planting and care of more than 50,000 trees and seedlings.
Some of trees' long-term benefits include filtering dust and gases. Every acre of trees removes about 13 tons of the pollutants a year fromthe environment.
Also, when properly planted near a house, trees can act as insulation, keeping houses warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Linde's trees are American liberty elms, related to the American elms that lined streets throughout the nation until they were largely wiped out by Dutch elm disease. These new elms are impervious to the disease.
The Union Carbide/Linde Ceremonial Tree Planting takes place at 2:30 p.m. Earth Day, April 22. A $2,500 check will be donated to Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall to pay for tree planting at Chesapeake High School.
Starting Friday, seedlings will be distributed at the following times and county locations.
*10 a.m. to noon Friday, 8,000 seedlings at the Farmers Market, Riva Road and Truman Parkway in Annapolis. Reserve by calling 222-1231.
* 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day, Fire Department headquarters, Route 3, Millersville and Public Works Headquarters on Truman Parkway, Annapolis.
* 9 a.m. to noon,both Saturday and Sunday free seedlings available at all McDonald's restaurants in the county. No purchase required.
* Hardees seedling giveaway. For more information, call 974-5300.
* During the Oak Hill Elementary School Beautification Day, Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. For more information, call 647-4316.
* At the Earth Day celebration, Sunday, April 21, at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
* Earth Week Celebration, April 22 to April 26 at Arundel High School in Gambrills.
With the national Earth Day set for Monday, April22, many local groups are planning events, including Severn School Environmental Club's trash collection at the Old County Road in Severna Park at 1:30 p.m.
In addition, several groups are sponsoring plantings in coming weeks:
* Five hundred trees will be planted on 1/2 acre from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday at Germantown Elementary School.
* At 9 a.m. Saturday, more than 250 volunteers from across Anne Arundel County will plant 5,200 seedlings at the corner of Route 50and Sandy Point.
They will also provide tree shelters to protect the seedlings from the environment.
* Starting at 9 a.m. and running all Saturday, April 20, 3,000 seedlings will be planted at Route 97 and Route 3 in Millersville during the eighth-annual countywide cleanup in South County.
Volunteers are needed: Call 222-1231.
* Meanwhile, in North County, Cub Scout Pack 857 will celebrate the eighth-annual countywide cleanup by planting 35 trees at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Severn.