FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

COUNTY OF UNION ANNOUNCES NEW ROUND OF “GREENING UNION COUNTY”
Freeholder Board continues the goal of planting trees throughout Union County
through Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Trust Fund

 

Elizabeth, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced it is making available an additional $150,000 in matching Open Space Trust Funds for municipalities to plant trees, as part of its “Greening Union County” initiative.

The grant program is designed to match every municipality tree-for-tree for which it purchases.

“For the past five years, Greening Union County has served to improve the environment tree by tree -- by lowering air pollution, creating cleaner air, lowering energy costs, and improving the overall quality of life,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella.

The program includes installation by forestry professionals with a one-year maintenance guarantee.

The program was originally one of Freeholder Angel Estrada’s initiatives while Chairman in 2004. The County used Trust Fund monies to plant 5,415 trees across Union County over this span.

Applications were mailed out and are available at the County.  The deadline to file applications with the County is August 1st.

Applications can be requested by calling (908) 558-2277 or by visiting the Office of Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation on the sixth floor of the Union County Administration Building in Elizabeth.

The Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, approved by Union County voters in 2000, assesses a levy of 1.5 cents per $100 of total equalized real property valuation for a period of 20 years. It provides funds to protect open space, improve parks and recreational facilities and preserve the County's historic treasures.