Free Seedlings Available as Part of New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign

Apr 03, 2019

New Jersey residents are eligible to receive five free tree seedling bundles at a number of distribution sites through May 5.

The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks and Forestry is providing 60,000 free tree seedlings to residents through the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, an ongoing initiative of the New Jersey Forest Service, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation and other partners. Proof of residency in the community where seedlings are distributed is not required.

Pickup dates and sites in Ocean County are as follows: April 13 in Brick, April 19 and 20 in Plumsted, April 20 and 22 in Manchester, April 26 in Beachwood, April 27 in Point Pleasant and Mantoloking, and May 4 in Lakewood. Visit forestry.nj.gov for times and specific distribution locations.

“Trees provide many benefits beyond beautifying our communities,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “Trees clean our air, fight climate change, provide habitat for wildlife, offer shade and improve the health of our environment.”

According to the DEP, “The free tree seedlings program launched after Superstorm Sandy destroyed and damaged trees across the state in 2012. Since then, the program has made more than 500,000 trees available to residents. Although some of the seedlings are non-native species, they may actually be hardier than native species and are able to thrive in harsh conditions.”

Towns in the southern region may receive Atlantic white cedar or other species that have adapted to the area. Seedlings distributed to shore towns may include bayberry or beach plum, shrubs commonly found on dunes and in other coastal environments.

For more information, call 732-928-0029 or visit forestry.nj.gov.  —J.K.-H.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.