The NJ Tree Foundation kept busy this fall, planting trees all over the garden state. Special thanks to our partners, volunteers and supporters! You help us improve NJ’s environment and quality of life, one tree at a time.
Camden’s Urban Airshed Reforestation Program
Tree plantings, organized and implemented with community residents, took place in eight neighborhoods during October and November. “These trees are so big, we will have shade tomorrow!” exclaimed Bryan Morton, President of Concerned Citizens of North Camden. In it’s ninth year, the UARP is now part of the green infrastructure initiative called Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) and the tri-state tree planting movement , Plant One Million. Special thanks to our sponsors: William Penn Foundation, USDA Forest Service, United Water Camden, MAFCO and the City of Camden. Apply for spring trees!
# of Fall Trees Planted: 131
# of Fall Volunteers: 445
Since 2002: 4,402 trees with nearly 9,000 volunteers
Newark Renaissance Trees Program
Community-based tree plantings energized residents in six Newark neighborhoods this fall, with tree species like Red Maples and Tree Lilacs. “These trees bring a new life to my block and are bringing our neighbors together,” explained resident Rachel Santos, a resident of the East Ward and dedicated tree supporter. In its fifth year, the NRTP is excited to offer a kick-off TreeKeepers training to Newark residents in March 2012. Stay tuned for info on this educational tree care session, with free tools provided! Special thanks to our sponsors: USDA Forest Service, City of Newark, the Johanette Wallerstein Institute, and Standard Chartered Bank. Apply for spring trees!
# of Fall Trees Planted: 123
# of Fall Volunteers: 310
Since 2006: 1,500 trees with over 3,600 volunteers
The Green Streets Program plants trees in NJ cities and towns, and employs men under parole supervision as a tree planting crew. These transitional jobs are time-limited jobs that combine real work, skill development and support services to help ex-convicts overcome barriers of employment. Since spring 2006, this program has planted 9,503 trees and employed 46 paroles. This fall, the Crew planted 315 large shade trees in seven NJ towns. These trees were paid for via contract work. Thank you, NJ towns, for hiring the Tree Foundation to plant your trees! “It was a very heart-warming experience helping difference communities plant trees. I learned a lot of valuable information about tree planting and maintenance. My experience working with the NJTF was wonderful and fun!” — Ariel, Green Streets Crewmen, pictured above (second person from the right). Click here to learn how to you/your town could hire NJTF or add us to your bid list.
# of Fall Trees Planted: 315
# of Transitional Jobs Provided: 46
# of Total Trees Planted: 9,503
Celebrate Arbor Day: Receive free tree whips (1-2 year old trees) for your community this April through our Celebrate Arbor Day Program! Applications are available and the deadline is February 24th, 2012.
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Plant One Million (P1M)
Plant One Million is an ambitious multi-state tree-planting campaign, encompassing 13 counties in NJ, PA, and DE. The goal of this effort is to restore tree canopy cover to the Greater Philadelphia region, which has lost millions of trees to development in recent decades. Through P1M, residents of these three states can plant, count, and tend their trees. If you live in the NJ counties of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, Camden, or Mercer and you love planting trees, visit PlantOneMillion.org to learn more!
Rain Gardens in NJ
The Tree Foundation has partnered with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program and other city, state, and local entities to plant rain gardens throughout NJ. Rain gardens are perennial gardens with a purpose — to reduce flooding. In Newark, three new rain gardens were planted this year with more planned for the future. In Camden, eight new rain gardens blossom while plans develop for 40 more. In Parsipanny, the Green Streets crew planted six gardens.
Don’t re-gift! Tree gift!
Are you looking for a creative gift this holiday season? A tree is a beautiful way to recognize a loved one and make a difference in New Jersey. This season, give the gift of a tree! For more information, please visit our holiday giving page.
You can also shop online through Good Shop, and up to 30% of your total purchase will go to the NJ Tree Foundation! Simply type “New Jersey Tree Foundation” as your cause, and shop away! Over 1,500 of your favorite stores are available, plus coupons and discounts.