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Trees

Announcing a partnership with Governor O’Malley’s Smart Green and Growing and Marylanders Plant Trees initiatives in 2008, the Department pledged that inmates would plant one million trees in four years. Including the 89,610 saplings planted by Maryland Correctional Enterprises in FY12, we have planted a total of 1,219,610 trees since inception.

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Pre-release inmates continue to play a significant role in helping Maryland repopulate its disease-ravaged oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Over the past few years, in partnership with Smart, Green and Growing’s Marylanders Grow Oysters program, PSW crews have built cages for a citizen growing program, as well as worked directly with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at the Piney Point Aquaculture Center to support spat repopulation. During the summer 2012 season:

  • Inmates from the Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit contributed 3,740 hours.
  • Cleaned 16,880 bushels of oyster shell.
  • Filled 28,131 bags of shells.
  • Reached  more than 50 million spat planted since DPSCS began assisting DNR in 2010.

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Trees

  • 1,219,610 trees planted across MD under Smart, Green and Growing initiative
    • 89,610 saplings planted by Maryland Correctional Enterprises in FY12

 

Oysters

Piney Point Aquaculture Center summer 2012

  • 3,740 hours of work over 105 days
  • 16,880 bushels of oyster shell washed
  • 28,131 shell bags filled
  • More than 50 million spat harvested since partnership began in 2010