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NJ Tree Recovery Campaign Provides Free Tree Seedlings to South Plainfield Residents

The Environmental Commission will distribute free tree seedlings to South Plainfield residents on May 31 as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and subsequent storms.

From 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 (while they last), residents can pick up tree seedlings at the Ritter Avenue end of the High School Parking Lot. Enter the parking lot from Lane Avenue and turn right. Please wear a mask and stay in your car for socially distanced pick-up. People walking in Spring Lake Park will also be able to access the pickup point through the High School ball fields.

Seedlings will be available on a first come, first served basis. Information will be posted on the tree traits and needs to help residents choose the right place on a property to plant while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign, to distribute over 600,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of six years, was met last year. With natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and the damage caused by several invasive insects new to New Jersey, our state needs more new tree seedlings than ever before. Therefore, the campaign is moving into its 7th year. The program is a joint effort among South Plainfield, New Jersey Forest Service, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, FedEx, and International Paper.

When properly planted and maintained, trees are an asset to a community. They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat. The 67,150 trees planted last year will reduce carbon dioxide by 87,064 tons, reduce air pollution by 379 tons, save $12,024,729 in energy costs, and intercept 1,444,796,059 gallons of rainfall.

If you have any questions, please contact Alice Tempel at atempel@southplainfieldnj.com