FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2008

CONTACT: Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

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Volunteers Sought for Arbor Day Tree Planting

Area residents, businesses, scouts, school and community groups are invited to help plant native tree saplings (1’ to 2’ tall) at various locations within the Union County Park System in honor of Arbor Day. The trees have been donated by the New Jersey Tree Foundation and the plantings will occur throughout the month of April. The schedule for the commemorative plantings is as follows:

April 10 (Thursday):   Mattano Park, Elizabeth
April 15 (Tuesday):    Black Brook Park, Kenilworth
April 17 (Thursday):   Briant Park, Summit
April 21 (Monday):     Warinanco Park, Roselle

“The County of Union thanks the New Jersey Tree Foundation for their generous grant which will bring these trees to our community,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “I hope everyone will consider joining in the planting effort.”

Additionally, the County will be receiving and planting large, balled and burlapped trees with help from the New Jersey Tree Foundation. These more rigorous plantings will begin on April 2nd at 9:00 a.m. in Passaic River Park in Berkeley Heights; Echo Lake Park in Westfield; and the Rahway River Park in Rahway.

The planting events will be held rain or shine from 9:00 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. Participants should dress to get muddy and should bring work gloves and/or shovels if they have them.
Trash bags, some tools, and gloves will be provided. Children, ages 14 and under, must be accompanied by an adult.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is the sponsor of the tree plantings with assistance coming from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the AmeriCorps Watershed Program, and the New Jersey Tree Foundation. Volunteers who would like to help should call (908) 527-4032.