The Howard County Forestry Board has been involved in the Howard County
Fair for over a decade. 1999 represented the 54th anniversary of the
Fair, and the Forestry Board helped to make the affair informative and
Mahowald, a key member of the Howard County Forestry Board, is an indefatigable
denizen of the Howard County Fair. Truly a Master Gardener, Miriam is instrumental
in organizing the 4-H display of home-grown fruits and vegetables, and
assists in the judging of this remarkable produce for prizes. Miriam, who
is present every day at the Fair gets some assistance from the other Board
Silas Sines, a long term Board member, was responsible for the construction
of the tree identification game which attracts visitors throughout the
Fair. The Fair folk are challenged to match a picture of a notable leaf
with its corresponding name by pressing a button for each. If the guess
is correct a brilliant light is lit!
As indicated in these photos, this display was a major attraction of
the Howard County Fair.
A good deal of material was made available and distributed freely to the
visitors at the Fair. Among the publications are the following.
- Howard County Forest Facts
- Our brochure describes how important forestry has become in Howard County. Facts
culled from a variety of sources are listed. The programs of the Howard County Forest
Board are introduced.
- Howard County Arboreta
- Two brochures for the Wilde Lake Arboretum and the Jackson Pond Arboretum, both
situated in Columbia, Maryland, were available for distribution. These brochures
explain the program and list the particular trees growing in those parks.
- A Guide to having Tree Care Work Done on a Roadside Tree
- A publication of the Forestry Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resource,
this pamphlet explains the 1914 Roadside Tree Law. That Law and its regulations were developed to protect our roadside trees by promoting their proper care and protection
and ensuring their compatibility with nearby public utilities.
- Mature Tree Care
- Published by the International Society of Arboriculture, this pamphlet focuses on
preventative health care for trees as an investment in natural beauty that pays
- Trees and Turf
- Woody plants and turfgrasses are both critical components of design plans for homes,
offices and parks. This pamphlet by the International Society of Arboriculture
discusses the problems and practices to ensure the best way to maintain both trees and
- Insect & Disease Problems
- Another small pamphlet from the International Society of Arboriculture, this discusses
the factors causing plant problems, and initial suggestions regarding what to do about
- Give the Gift of Trees
- Tree-mendous Maryland is a program of the Forestry Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This flyer makes an appeal for contributions to the program
to plant trees in public areas in Maryland.
- Think Trees
- This small pamphlet by the International Society of Arboriculture points out the
function and value of trees in our culture. It makes the simple point that our future
depends on the survival of trees.
- Trees for a Cleaner Bay
- A pamphlet produced by the Forest, Park and Wildlife Service of Maryland DNR explains
the value of forest buffers in the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. The pamphlet
suggests that forest management information is available including possible cost-sharing
- Streamside Forests: The vital, beneficial resource
- A cooperative publication of the University of Marylands Cooperative Extension
Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Forest Service of Maryland DNR,
this booklet investigates the crucial role played by streamside forests.
- Champion Tree Nominations
- The Howard County Forest Conservancy District Board is developing a roster of the
Champion Trees in Howard County. Nomination forms were available at the Howard County
Official Howard County Forestry Conservancy tee shirts were again available
for a truly nominal price!.