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Seedlings for Madison

New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign Provides Free Tree Seedlings to Madison Residents

Free tree seedlings will be available to Madisonresidents on April 9, 2014 as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

From 12:00-2:00PM and 5:00-6:00PM on Wednesday, April 9th residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at Drew University’sSimon Forum & Athletic Center.There will be a variety of tree types but the exact mix will not be known until the day of distribution. Seedlings, available on a first come, first served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for and plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future. 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 is to distribute over 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of the next five years. It is a joint effort withMadison’s Shade Tree Management Board, Drew University,the New Jersey State Forestry Services Community Forestry Program, The State Forest Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, and the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation, FedEx, and BJ’s Wholesale Club provide financial support for the program.

When properly planted and maintained, trees can be assets to a community. They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

If you have any questions please contact Tina Notas at 973-408-3660 or Gene Cracovia at 973-301-9139.