Our Green Streets Crew created a wildlife & vegetable garden for the residents of Broadway House, Newark, NJ. Eleven new trees will be planted this fall to screen the garden area from the street. Check out page 3 of the Broadway House Newsletter
The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to announce that Crossfit Aspire and CrossFit DT1, two gyms located in Cherry Hill, have collectively raised over $1,000 to benefit the NJ Tree Foundation’s Urban Airshed Reforestation Program. This program, focused heavily on the city of Camden, plants trees to improve the environment and quality of life in inner-city neighborhoods. Pictured above are coaches Justin, Alycia, Matt, and Sharon, on the bikes used to raise money for trees during the July Charity Challenge.
“CrossFit is an amazing sport,” says Jessica Franzini, who works for the NJ Tree Foundation and does CrossFit. “These gyms care about their members – and not just about their fitness, health, and nutrition, but also about the charities that matter to them.” Aspire and DT1’s generous donation will be used to support street tree and fruit tree plantings in Camden this year, bringing clean air and healthy food to the urban communities that need it most.
“It’s amazing that you’re out here doing this work,” explained Egypt, a Camden resident, as the NJ Tree Foundation pruned dead-wood from her street tree. “The work is so good for our neighborhood. It makes the trees healthier and reminds the community how important tree care is. We all need to do our part.”
This summer, the NJ Tree Foundation will do tree pit maintenance and dead-wood pruning on hundreds of street trees in North Camden, thanks to a partnership with Camden Lutheran Housing and a generous Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit grant.
To make this work possible, the NJ Tree Foundation added a new summer staff member – Camden resident Michael Taylor, a graduate of the Camden PowerCorps program. “It’s exciting to hire from the PowerCorps work force. Mike is awesome, and he will be a great addition to our team,” says Jessica Franzini, Senior Program Director of the NJ Tree Foundation.
“Tree care may not be “sexy,” but it’s essential,” explains Lisa Simms, Executive Director of the NJ Tree Foundation. “It’s an integral part of good urban forest management.”
Want to hire the NJ Tree Foundation to work in your town? Please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to congratulate Camden resident Sheila Roberts and her tree of hope for winning this year’s regional Plant One Million photo contest! Competing with entries from 13 counties and 3 states (NJ, PA, and DE), Sheila submitted a photo and essay describing a tree that she and the NJ Tree Foundation planted five years ago as part of the Urban Airshed Reforestation Program.
Sheila wrote, “The willow tree is a symbol of hope for tomorrow. The garden represents a space full of spirituality and dreaming. Peace and relaxation; a silent place to sit while contemplating and relaxing and a place where neighbors come to pray and meditate; to get away from the dangerous streets in the urban ghetto of Camden. The willow tree represents new life for the community, throughout development and change. This tree marks the awakening of Camden in the midst of an urban tree canopy we long awaited in a neighborhood with the potential to be greater than anyone ever expected. Our community members fight poverty every day, yet the willow tree remains a peaceful place in our community, helping our residents to see the importance of our urban canopy.”
NJ Tree Foundation Senior Program Director Jessica Franzini spoke with Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers on June 22, 2016. They talked about why we plant trees in urban communities, our milestone of planting 6,000 trees in Camden, our green infrastructure work, and more. Enjoy the video.
June 6, 2016 – Camden, NJ – On June 6, 2016 the NJ Tree Foundation received a three-year, $60,000 grant from the MKM Foundation to plant trees in the City of Camden. This generous donation will be paid in $20,000 per year increments in June of 2016, 2017, and 2018. This funding will be used to beautify neighborhoods throughout the city. The MKM Foundation grant will support the NJ Tree Foundation’s Urban Airshed Reforestation Program, which works with Camden residents, schools, and community organizations to implement community-based tree-planting events.
“This grant is very exciting for us, as it allows us to plant trees anywhere in Camden where there is a need,” explains NJ Tree Foundation Senior Program Director Jessica Franzini, “I have a waiting list of high-impact projects. Some of them have been on the waiting list for over a year and will now be implemented with the MKM Foundation funding.”
The NJ Tree Foundation’s Urban Airshed Reforestation Program has planted trees in Camden since 2002. So far, 6,076 trees have been planted. The MKM Foundation grant of $60,000 will allow many more Camden residents to receive trees over the next three years, increasing quality of life and contributing to a more livable city.
Pictured top left: New trees planted in 2016 line N. 36th Street in East Camden, taken by The Darling Light Photography
The New Jersey Tree Foundation and Public Service Electric & Gas are offering a FREE seminar on Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place, the Right Way on Thursday, July 21st at the Passaic County Public Safety Academy, 300 Oldham Road, Wayne, NJ. Please RSVP by Friday, July 15, 2016 to Lisa Simms LSimms@NJTreeFoundation.org
- Planting the right tree, in the right place, the right way
- The importance of utility mark-outs prior to planting
- Emerald Ash Borer – It’s here! Now what?
- Vegetation management policies to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electric service
- Grant opportunities
Who should attend? Mayors, Freeholders, DPW Supervisors, Environmental & Shade Tree Commissioners, County Officials and any other interested parties. Space is limited. First come first served.
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time: Registration begins at 8:15 am. Program starts promptly at 9:00 am and runs until 12:30 pm.
Place: Passaic County Public Safety Academy, 300 Oldham Road, Room 122-A&B, Wayne, NJ
A continental breakfast will be served.
This seminar is worth 3 Continuing Education Units for towns with a 5-year Community Forestry Management Plan.
Please RSVP by Friday, July 15th to LSimms@njtreefoundation.org
If you would like send a representative(s), please include their names and contact information (email address).
May 23, 2016 – Newark, New Jersey – This spring, the NJ Tree Foundation’s Renaissance Trees Program is hitting a milestone: ten years of planting trees in Newark. The Program began in 2006 to reforest New Jersey’s brick city. The NJ Tree Foundation celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Newark Renaissance Trees Program, and Newark’s 350th anniversary, by planting 16 trees and 350 edible plants at the Garden of Hope on Saturday May 21st.
“We have great partners that helped us celebrate our 10 year anniversary,” explains Elena López, Program Director for the NJ Tree Foundation. “Prudential brought about 20 employee volunteers and donated 350 edible plants. Newark SAS and other partners will take care of the trees long term.”
The NJ Tree Foundation’s Renaissance Trees Program has planted more than 2,400 trees in Newark to date and removed more than 20,300 square feet of concrete to plant those trees. Saturday’s planting included removing 176 square feet of concrete. Removing concrete and planting trees improves watershed health and reduces the stormwater burden on Newark’s combined sewer system. It is estimated that the new tree pits alone will allow 8,250 gallons of stormwater to filter naturally on an annual basis rather than become polluted runoff.
“Trees are a great solution to many urban environmental problems,” López notes, “They reduce stormwater runoff, clean the air, shade homes to reduce cooling bills, and bring beauty to neighborhoods. Two of the trees planted at the Garden of Hope are fruit trees, which have the added benefit of creating new, local sources for fresh and affordable produce.”
Newark residents and visitors are now able to enjoy the 16 new trees planted to celebrate the Renaissance Trees Program’s 10 year anniversary, and very soon the community gardeners at the Garden of Hope will harvest the bounty of the 350 edible plants that went in the ground. The shade and fruit trees are expected to live for decades, benefiting people today and future generations as part of the Newark 350 Gives legacy.
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.
To RSVP or for more information, please contact our Newark Director, Elena López:(609) 439 -1755 or email@example.com.
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.
Date: May 19, 2016 at 10:30AM in our Grove of Remembrance, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ
More than 40 ash trees overlooking the Statue of Liberty will receive environmentally sound, trunk injection treatments against the highly destructive and invasive Emerald Ash Borer, currently threatening the New Jersey’s ash trees. Media, residents and local arborists are invited to attend and watch a demonstration of the treatment process, learn more about the options available to both homeowners and municipalities which can save their ash trees, and observe the beauty and value these trees bring to the city, its parks, and neighborhoods.
Arborjet has donated these treatments with Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Company providing the labor at no cost to protect 41 stately ash trees in our Grove of Remembrance, New Jersey’s Living Memorial to the state’s victims of the September 11th attacks.