By John Burton
TRENTON – The state Department of Environmental Protection’s State Forestry Services and the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation are cooperating to make 115,000 tree seedlings available to neighborhoods around the state to replace the thousands of trees lost to Super Storm Sandy.
The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign is making the seedlings available to municipalities that registered for the program last month. The campaign will offer as many as 1,000 trees per municipality for distribution through April, according to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The State Forestry Service’s New Jersey Forest Nursery is providing the seedlings consisting of 30 different species, ranging from oak, which can grow to be quiet stately, to the relatively diminutive dogwood, according to the DEP.
In the Two-River area seedlings will be available at:
- Atlantic Highlands Library, 100 First Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24-25,
- Middletown Public Works Department, 52 Kanes Lane, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15-19,
Oceanport and Highlands distributed their allotment on March 22.
“Super Storm Sandy winds toppled a staggering number of trees in towns across the state and not just the counties that were hardest hit by the storm,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in a released statement. “Through this campaign, residents can replant trees where it means the most to them—right in their backyard.”