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Thanks to Volunteers, 14 New Trees Grow in Union County’s Mattano Park

Union County, NJ – A big group of volunteers from the organization MIRA USA helped to restore the treescape at Union County’s Mattano Park in Elizabeth last month, by planting 14 new black pine, white pine and red oak trees. The new trees replace older trees that have reached their prime.

“This is a significant project that helps to conserve our natural environment and helps to benefit the whole community with a healthy treescape, too,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I would like to thank our MIRA USA volunteers and Liliana Cifuentes, who coordinated the effort, for a job well done.”

Trees are replaced regularly in County parks as they age out. The new trees were installed around the perimeter of the park.

The volunteers removed the wire baskets and burlap from the root balls of the trees and rolled them into holes that were dug by staff from the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. The volunteer group also removed litter and recyclables from the park. 

The volunteer project was coordinated through Union County’s Adopt-a-Park program. Any individual or group may participate in Adopt-a-Park, including corporate groups.

For more information about Adopt-a-Park and its sister program, Adopt-a-Trail, visit online at or call 908-789-3683.

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