Super Community Tree Planting with Bay Head ES, Verizon Green Team & Super Bowl Host Committee

2013-10-16 12.59.49On a beautiful day, we planted 37 trees and 40 shrubs/perennials to reforest Bay Head Elementary School. The entire school came out to plant and mulch their new trees and landscape. Verizon Green Team members and Super Bowl Host Committee staff helped guide the students in the planting. Click on the links below to see pictures and video of this Super Community Tree Planting Event.

Tree Planting event in Bay Head, New Jersey

Asbury Park Press article and video

Photographer Anthony Quintano’s beautiful pictures 

Thousands in NJ Celebrate Arbor Day

arborday-309x400To recognize 15 years of success through our Celebrate Arbor Day program, the NJ Tree Foundation pledged to give away 15,000 tree whips to community groups across NJ this month. After a flood of applications and outstanding attendance at our volunteer trainings, the numbers are in! Tomorrow, 107 community groups across the state, representing thousands of volunteers, will plant 19,500 tree whips to celebrate Arbor Day! Check out what Montville and Maplewood have planned in these newspaper articles.


We are excited to announce a partnership with Recoup, a website offering great products and services-  from restaurants and travel to fashion and home goods. Purchase from Recoup and 10% of every purchase will benefit the NJ Tree Foundation. In addition, you can increase your support by donating part or all of your discount as a tax deductible contribution.

There are two simple ways to help the NJ Tree Foundation raise funds through Recoup and it takes less than 10 seconds to sign up (It’s free!)

Shop, Save, Support: The NJ Tree Foundation has a dedicated shopping page on Recoup where every promotion benefits trees:

For some great deals on travel, check out the travel channel here:

I recently purchased a beautiful outdoor furniture set from Recoup. They had the best price, shipping was included, and $57.00 went to the nonprofit of my choice! ~ Lisa Simms, Director, NJ Tree Foundation


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!

Jessica Franzini Wins Campbell’s Hometown Hero Award

Today, at the Campbell Soup Annual Networking Breakfast, NJ Tree Foundation employee Jessica Franzini received the Campbell’s Hometown Hero Award for her years of service in Camden. Jessica coordinates our Urban Airshed Reforestation Program (UARP), a community-based tree planting program in the city. She also facilitates Camden TreeKeepers, a series of educational workshops for neighborhood residents. During her acceptance speech, Jessica explained, “Working in Camden has been a blessing. I have truly met the most amazing people here. Thank you to the residents and partners who make our work possible.”

Thank you to Campbell Soup for this incredible recognition! Additionally, we thank the many Campbell Soup employees that volunteered their time, talents and muscle to plant trees in 2011. You’re all amazing!

Pictured above: Dave Stangis, President of the Campbell Soup Foundation (left); Jessica Franzini (center); and Amanda Bauman, Community Service Manager for Campbell Soup (right)

NJTF makes cover of Catholic Star Herald

Over 50 volunteers joined the NJ Tree Foundation and Heart of Camden on Saturday, November 12th to plant 18 large trees through the Urban Airshed Reforestation Program. These trees were registered through the “I am the Hummingbird” campaign in memory of Wangari Maathai, an environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.  See tree planting photos here!

Above: Msgr. Michael Doyle (far left) says a prayer for our newly planted trees. Also pictured: Councilwoman Dana Burley (second from left), Mayor Dana Redd (third from left) and Jessica Franzini of NJTF (far right).

Lisa Simms Receives Green Community Achievement Award

As director of the NJ Tree Foundation (NJTF), Lisa Simms has been a driving force for planting trees and changing lives in NJ’s most under-served communities. Under Lisa’s leadership, the NJTF has been responsible for the planting over 153,000 trees since its creation and developing programs that educate, motivate and bring people together under a common banner – tree planting and improving the environment.

On October 22nd, Lisa was presented with the Green Community Achievement Award.

“It’s because of Lisa’s exceptional leadership that we are able to make a difference in cities like Newark and Camden,” says NJTF Project Coordinator Shannon Schaaf.  Camden resident Sheila Roberts recalls her first experience with Lisa in 2000, “After I met Lisa, I started to see that trees could bring our communities back to life. It was amazing.” Lisa has engaged and inspired thousands through her annual Celebrate Arbor Day program, created a 11-acre Grove of Remembrance for NJ victims of 9/11 at Liberty State Park, and developed the Green Streets program to plant trees and provide jobs to individuals in transition. Lisa continues to create, seek and recognize opportunities that allow the Foundation to further its mission. Her dedication to urban and community-driven forestry are an inspiration to all who work with her.

Congratulations, Lisa!