Green Jobs: “A haircut for trees”

Sometimes our Green Streets Program hires guys that really stand out. Kaushire, who worked with me this past spring and summer, is one of them.

Kaushire hauling soil

Our Green Streets Program trains men under parole supervision to plant trees and complete green infrastructure work, like installing rain gardens. Most of these men simply need a second chance. They got wrapped up in the wrong things and need a job to support themselves and their families in a respectable way. Kaushire was no different. He has a son to support. He made a few mistakes while trying to earn money. But now, he has turned his life around.

Kaushire worked with us until the end of July when our season wrapped up. A warehouse hired Kaushire for part-time employment right after he finished with us. I was happy when he told me recently the warehouse had hired him permanent full-time. He is such a hard worker! You might have seen him smiling and laughing while he was moving concrete or mulch, planting trees, or installing a rain garden in your town.

When asked about his time with the Tree Foundation, Kaushire says, “I’m lucky. My crew got to work from end of March to the end of July. We planted trees. Lots of them! We worked hard. I liked pruning the trees. It’s like a haircut for trees. I’m so blessed to work for the Tree Foundation. Best experience of my life.”

Please help us provide more green job opportunities for guys like Kaushire. There are only a few days left to make a tax-deductible donation in 2016. With your support, we can plant more trees and offer a stepping-stone for men who deserve a second chance.

Thank you,
James Cunningham aka “Famous James”donate-button-jpeg
Urban Forestry Technician & Green Streets Crew Supervisor
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Me, Karon, and Kaushire after planting a rain garden in Newark

Newark Bears Fundraiser to Support City Trees

Go to a baseball game and support the NJ Tree Foundation! Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 6:30pm it’s the Newark Bears Vs. Lincoln Saltdogs! Purchase your tickets through this link and enter TREE in the Special Offer Code box. $4.00 from each ticket will help plant trees in Newark.  See you there!

New Re-entry Training Program

This summer, we are starting a Landscaping & Maintenance training program for men under parole supervision. Three men will provide community service to our 9/11 Memorial – The Grove of Remembrance (Liberty State Park, Jersey City) and our Urban Nursery, in exchange for earning a certificate and job placement assistance. Trainees will learn:

Tree, shrub, perennial and weed identification.
Proper tree & shrub pruning.
Proper mulching.
Transplanting shrubs & perennials.
General landscape & nursery maintenance.

We are very excited about this new program!

Our Grove of Remembrance always needs maintenance!

State of NJ’s 62nd Arbor Day Celebration

The NJ Tree Foundation and the NJ Community Forestry Program will celebrate Arbor Day 2012 in Haddon Township, NJ. We are planting 150 large shade trees to beautify the streets of Haddon Township! Please join us!

Date: Friday, April 27, 2012

Time: 8:00 am until all the trees are planted

Place: Meet at West Crystal Lake Avenue and West Park Avenue, Haddon Township, NJ

This event is rain or shine! To register to volunteer, please contact Todd Wycoff at  todd.wyckoff@dep.state.nj.us

 

The NJ Envirothon

This year’s NJ Envirothon – A Natural Resources Problem Solving Competition for High School Students – will be held at:

Camp Sacajawea in Farmingdale 242 Adelphia Road Farmingdale, Monmouth County, New Jersey on Saturday May 5, 2012. The environmental issue is “Nonpoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development”

The New Jersey Envirothon competition is a one-day event that takes place near the end of the school year. Teams are tested on environmental topics through hands-on interactive problem-solving at five testing stations. Test questions may cover any information in the study guide and suggested resource materials or web links. The contest consists of hands-on questions along with some true/false, multiple choice and fill-in-the-blanks. Students have 30 minutes at each station. Team presentations last 10 minutes. The team that best demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of natural resources, as well as teamwork and communication skills, moves on to represent New Jersey in the Canon Envirothon competition which is North America’s Largest High School Environmental Education Competition. This multi-day event further tests the team’s understanding of the environment and involves teams from all regions of the United Statesand Canada.

If you are interested in volunteering time to staff the Forestry testing station, please contact Bill Brash at: forester82@aol.com

 


Last Days of Fall Tree Plantings

The NJ Tree Foundation’s Green Streets tree planting crew is wrapping up the fall 2011 season by planting 20 trees in Dumont, NJ! This fall, the Crew planted over 350 large shade trees in seven NJ towns. All of the trees were paid for via contract work. Thank you folks for hiring the NJ tree Foundation to plant trees!

Our Green Streets Crew planting in Dumont Pix http://on.fb.me/u6U8gM

Tree Tubelings to Celebrate Arbor Day 2012

The NJ Community Forestry Program has 98 tree tubelings (trees in tubes of soil) for the cost of shipping & handling! For just $20 you will receive 98 baby trees to plant, give away and help make your 2012 Arbor Day event a great success. Click here to download an application.