Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

NORTH COUNTY --

April 27, 1993

Seedlings to be planted at BWI for Earth Month

As part of the state's recognition of Earth Month, Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced yesterday that the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) of the state Department of Transportation will begin planting 2,300 seedlings at Baltimore-Washington International Airport today, weather permitting.

The seedlings will be the start of an airport reforestation program that by May 1 of next year is intended to have more than 23,000 seedlings planted on BWI property.

"The MAA Reforestation Program demonstrates the state's commitment to preserve and enhance the environment for all Marylanders," Governor Schaefer said. "More importantly, the program, which includes both BWI and Martin State Airports, will lessen the impact of aircraft activity on the areas surrounding both facilities."

The seedlings are being provided to the Aviation Administration free of charge from the Department of Natural Resources.

"This multipurpose program is important because it provides for the planting of trees to enhance the quality of water runoff into the Chesapeake Bay watershed and promotes clean air," said Secretary of Transportation O. James Lighthizer.

"The areas to be planted include the site just off Linda Avenue and any additional acreage we may acquire by spring of 1994," according to Ted Mathison, administrator for the MAA.

Additional acreage could be purchased by the state under the Voluntary Land Acquisition Program, part of the MAA's efforts to lessen the impact of noise on people living near the airport.

POLICE LOG

* Brooklyn Park: Someone broke into a home in the 4500 block of Ritchie Highway between 1:15 p.m. and 1:25 p.m. Friday and stole a purse valued at $28.

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