Admiring Tree Lined Streets

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I first met the residents of Montrose Street in Newark (pictured above) in June 2016. Before Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, they had magnificent 100-year-old oaks lining their street. After the storms, they lost all but three of their beloved trees. They told me the summers were significantly hotter without shade. The peaceful aura of nature was lost. The void left behind was evident.

The Montrose Street residents were overjoyed to begin working with the NJ Tree Foundation’s Renaissance Trees Program, which helps city residents like them plant trees to improve their environment and quality of life. I worked with the Montrose Street neighbors for months to plan their tree planting event.

On November 5th, each and every resident on Montrose Street helped plant 29 trees, with every single eligible household accepting one or two trees in front of their home! “Montrose Street was blessed with a fabulous tree planting day. We planted 29 trees and we are ready to do it again,” exclaimed Yvonne, who received two trees and helped organize the planting. She continued, “It was truly phenomenal. It really united our block under something positive.”montrose-street-3

Together, we planted beautiful ornamental cherries and Shantung maple trees that will grow along with the children and families of Montrose Street. The trees are being enjoyed today and will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Please make a contribution to the NJ Tree Foundation so we may continue to reforest New Jersey cities and replace what has been lost in devastating storms. Your support is greatly appreciated by the NJ Tree Foundation and New Jersey residents like those of Montrose Street, who truly adore their new trees.donate-button-jpeg

Thank you,

Elena, Renaissance Trees Program Director

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Yvonne and two of her neighbors with one of the 29 new trees.

Newark TreeKeepers Workshops

Join the NJ Tree Foundation this June for our Newark TreeKeepers Workshops!  These classroom sessions are a series of 3 workshops and hands-on trainings that will teach you how to maintain and enhance the health of your community’s trees.

IMG_2763SPACE IS LIMITED: while FREE to Newark residents, you must RSVP to participate. Please register for each session you will attend. Attend all three sessions to become a Certified Newark Treekeeper!

To RSVP or for more information, please contact our Newark Director, Elena López:(609) 439 -1755  or elopez@njtreefoundation.org.

All sessions will be held at the Weequahic Park Fieldhouse: 92 Carmichael Dr, Newark NJ

Tuesday June 7      6:00- 8:00 PM
Session 1: Basic Tree Biology and Tree Identification

Tuesday June 14   6:00-8:00 PM
 Session 2: Tree Planting, Pruning and Maintenance

Tuesday June 21    6:00-8:00 PM
Session 3: Trees and Your Watershed

Newark residents attend at no charge. Non-Newark residents pay $20/session. All attendees receive free tools, educational materials, and dinner at each workshop. 2 CEUs are earned per session, which can be applied toward your state approved Community Forestry Management Plan requirements.

These workshops are made possible thanks to the Watershed Institute in Pennington NJ.

 

Newark Tree Maintenance Workshop

Hands-on Tree Maintenance
Riverfront Park, Newark
Saturday, March 12     9:30AM-10:30 AM

IMG_0715Calling all TreeKeepers! Join us to learn about — or brush up on—proper tree maintenance through hands-on learning. We will be pruning young trees and spreading mulch. Please bring your own pruning tools if you have some. For more information or to RSVP please contact Elena López at elopez@njtreefounation.org or (609) 439-1755. Please RSVP.

We’ll meet on the orange boardwalk by the orange sticks.

Columbia Park Reforesting

Lowe's Heroes Columbia Park.2Thanks to a $10,000 donation from Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s grant, The NJ Tree Foundation planted 20 trees, 19 shrubs, and 100 perennials creating 5 microhabitats and beautifying Columbia Park in Jersey City, NJ on September 10. Jersey City Department of Parks and Forestry helped grind out some stumps, and the Columbia Park Greenville Memorial Inc. Association helped coordinate the project. Jersey City Councilwoman-at-Large, Joyce Watterman, addressed the volunteers thanking them and the Tree Foundation for their service to Jersey City. Despite the rain, nine hard-working Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers came to dig, plant, and mulch in the park. To read more about our work in the park, check out this article or view these photos.

Check out video coverage of the event.

 

Newark TreeKeepers Workshops 2015

Join the NJ Tree Foundation in June for our Newark TreeKeepers Workshops!  These classroom sessions are a series of 4 workshops and hands-on trainings that will teach you how to maintain and enhance the health of your community’s trees.

SPACE IS LIMITED: while FREE to Newark residents, you must RSVIMG_3155P to participate. Please register for each session you wish to attend. Attend all three sessions to become a Certified Newark Treekeeper!

To RSVP or for more information, please contact our Newark Director, Elena López:(609) 439 -1755  or elopez@njtreefoundation.org.

All workshops will be held at the 92 Carmichael  Newark, NJ 07103

Tuesday June 9       6:30-8PM
Session 1: Basic Tree Biology and Tree Identification

Tuesday June 16     6:30-8PM
Session 2: Tree Planting, Pruning, and Maintenance Techniques

Tuesday June 23    6:30-8PM
Session 3: Recognizing Tree Hazards and Tree Disease

Tuesday June  30  6:30-8PM
Session 4: Trees and Environmental Impacts

Newark residents attend at no charge. Non-Newark residents pay $20/session. All attendees receive free tools, educational materials, and dinner at each workshop. 1.5 CEU are earned per session, which can be applied toward your state approved Community Forestry Management Plan requirements.

Newark Giveaway: A Tree For Every Yard

We are no longer receiving applications: all the trees for this giveaway have been claimed!

The NJ Tree Foundation is excited to give away yard trees to Newark residents this spring! If you would like to receive a free yard tree, please fill out this application. Supply is limited: trees will be first-come, first-served!  You will receive a reminder email to pick up your tree from a NJ Tree Foundation staff member.

**Trees must be picked up on Saturday May 2, 12PM – 3PM at Weequahic Park.**

All trees are 3-4′ tall in containers, and will easily fit into any size vehicle. We are giving away black gums and redbuds, and will do our best to fill your request, but please be prepared to accept either tree. Please consider the size of the tree at maturity when selecting your the species: we are dedicated to planting the right tree in the right place

If you have any questions, please contact Elena López: 
 elopez@njtreefoundation.org
 (609) 439 -1755.

FREE Trees Newark: Application due January 31st

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The NJ Tree Foundation is still looking for applications for tree plantings in Newark neighborhoods this spring. We would love to plant trees with you and your community, so please fill out this application and submit it to Elena, our Newark Program Director, by January 31, 2015.

Please submit your application via email, fax, or mail :
Email: elopez@njtreefoundation.org
Fax: 973-453-8011
Mailing address:  P.O. Box 172
                                 Newark, NJ 07101

If you have any questions, or if you would like to request a printed application,please contact Elena López609-439-1755 or elopez@njtreefoundation.org.

Apply for FREE trees in Newark

IMG_2508Is your Newark block in need of trees? Residents, schools, churches, and non-profits can apply for FREE trees that will be planted in the spring of 2015. We are now accepting applicants until our first-round deadline on November 30, 2014. For more information about the Newark Renaissance Trees Program (NRTP), go to our webpage, or download the application here.

Applications can be sent electronically to elopez@njtreefoundation.org, or mailed to:
P.O. Box 172
Newark, NJ 07101

We look forward to planting with you!

Newark June TreeKeepers Workshops

Join the NJ Tree Foundation in June for our Newark TreeKeepers Workshops! A series of four sessions, these classroom and hands-on trainings will teach you how to maintain and enhance the health of your community’s trees.

All workshops will be held at Room B-29 Newark City Hall: 920 Broad Street, Newark NJ.

Thursday June 12       6:30-8PM
Session 1: Basic Tree Biology and Tree Identification

Thursday June 19     6:30-8PM
Session 2: Tree Planting, Pruning, and Maintenance Techniques

Thursday June 26    6:30-8PM
Session 3: Recognizing Tree Hazards and Tree Disease

Wednesday July 2    6:30-8PM
Session 4: Trees and Environmental Impacts

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Lee and Thalya copyNewark residents attend at no charge. Non-Newark residents pay $20/session. All attendees receive free tools, educational materials, and dinner at each workshop. 1.5 CEU are earned per session, which can be applied toward your state approved Community Forestry Management Plan requirements.

These educational workshops were made possible through a partnership with the City of Newark Sustainability Office.Newark Sustainability Office Logo

Congratulations, Newark Certified TreeKeepers

This winter, the NJ Tree Foundation conducted a special winter TreeKeepers workshop series in Newark thanks to a partnership with Newark’s Office of Sustainability. In this series of workshops, residents learned the proper tree-care and maintenance techniques needed to become effective tree stewards in their communities. 106 Newark residents participated at these workshops where we provided educational materials and tools to all who attended. The Tree Foundation would like to extend our thanks to the Greater Newark Conservancy for hosting this winter series.

Congratulations to our 18 new certified TreeKeepers! These dedicated individuals attended all four workshops, and are excited to share their knowledge with neighbors and friends:

IMG_2784-001Justin Allen
Robert Bell
Cameron Black
Mary Bradley
Sandra Crawley
Betty Crockett
Tara Daniel
Jon Dugan
Maria Goetschalckx
Ricardo Grant
Alterick Hardy
Wynnie-Fred Hinds
Kenneth Louis
Christian Oliveira
Thalya Reyes
Michael Sheehan
DeAnna Joy Whitley
Keith Williams

For more pictures from our Newark TreeKeepers workshops, visit our Facebook Albums. Thank you to all who attended .

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