Union County Celebrates Arbor Day 2022 with Free Trees for Schools – Union County, New Jersey
Union County, NJ – March 4, 2022 – In recognition of Arbor Day 2022, the Union County Board of Commissioners is once again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Council to provide free trees to local schools.
“We are very proud to support teachers in their efforts to provide a valuable hands-on learning experience for their students,” said Commissioner President Rebecca Williams. “The Tree Giveaway has consistently received an enthusiastic response from Union County Schools, and we look forward to another successful season.”
Studies have shown that trees improve property values and provide many other civic and environmental benefits, such as absorbing air pollutants, keeping neighborhoods cool in the summer, preventing soil erosion, and helping to mitigate flooding.
In addition to the gift of trees, the Board of Commissioners also sponsors an annual Arbor Day poetry contest, provides municipalities with tree-for-tree matching grants, and supports the Master Tree Stewards volunteer tree conservation program.
This year’s free Arbor Day tree is a tree native to the Northeast, the American Eastern Flowering Dogwood. They are about five feet tall and weigh about 20 pounds. When fully grown, they will be around 15 to 20 feet tall.
Trees are made available to schools on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
The deadline for free tree requests is March 18. Schools can contact Madeline Brigantino, assistant to the director of the Union County Department of Engineering, Public Works and Facilities Management, [email protected] or 908-789-3653 to request a tree.
For schools that receive a tree, free tree planting and tending sessions are offered to student, teacher and parent volunteers through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Master Tree Steward program. Tree care sessions will take place at Williams Nursery in Westfield on Tuesday April 5 from 10:00am.
Arbor Day has been a national celebration since 1872, encouraging the public to plant and care for trees. This year, Arbor Day falls on Friday, April 29.
The US Forestry Service, Arbor Day Foundation and other partners have developed free, user-friendly software to calculate the monetary value of trees in urban communities. For more information, visit iTreeTools.org.
To learn more about 4-H and the Master Tree Steward program, contact Jim Nichnadowicz, Rutgers 4-H agent, 908-654-9854 or [email protected] No experience is necessary to join the Tree Steward program. A training course is organized each year, with guided walks in the parks and nature reserves of the region.
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension is supported in part by the Board of Commissioners and is headquartered in the Colleen Frasier Building of the Union County Complex in Westfield at 300 North Avenue East. For more information on all extension programs, including Master Tree Guardians, Master Gardeners, Environmental Guardians, and the 4-H Youth Development Program, visit ucnj.org/rce.
For quick links to all of Union County’s environmental programs and activities, visit The Green Connection online at ucnj.org/green-connection.
Image credit: via Creative Commons (By Eric Hunt – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0).
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution, and other emergency services. support, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the public information line at 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form .
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