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National Arbor Day News Release

Post Date:04/18/2017 12:34 PM

In honor of National Arbor Day, the Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission, in collaboration with the Meadows Foundation and local Boy and Girl Scout Troops, will host an Arbor Day Event on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  This public event will be held from 10:00AM until noon at the Hageman Farm, 209 South Middlebush Road in the Somerset section of Franklin Township (near Bennetts Lane). 

Franklin Township is proudly entering its 16th year as a Tree City USA community joining more than 3,400 communities nationwide that have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA.  To achieve Tree City status, communities must meet four standards of sound urban forestry management.  They must maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on community forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day. 

The Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission is celebrating the importance of trees this month with a ceremonial tree planting in honor of Arbor Day and by giving away 500 tree seedlings.  The seedling distribution is part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign to help re-green communities hit by Super-storm Sandy. 

Trees reduce heating and cooling costs, moderate temperatures, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, help manage stormwater, promote a healthy environment, provide habitat for wildlife, add value to our homes and enhance the appearance of neighborhoods, parks and communities. 

At the April 29th Arbor Day event, local Scouts will help plant four species of trees at the Hageman Farm as well as to hand out the free tree seedlings to Township residents.  The seedlings are bare root and range in size from 6 to 24 inches in height, depending on the species.  The seedlings are free and will be distributed in bundles of five on a first-come-first-served basis as long as supplies last. 

Tree planting guidelines are available on the Shade Tree Commission’s Resources Page at  Residents are also reminded that free mulch is available through the Township’s Department of Public Works.

As co-hosts of the event, the Meadows Foundation, caretakers of four of Franklin Township’s historic properties, will offer informal tours of the Hageman House and Barns during the Arbor Day event. 

For further information about the Arbor Day Event or activities of the Shade Tree Commission, contact Sara Malone at

About the Shade Tree Commission

The Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission promotes the conservation and stewardship of trees throughout the Township by advising township officials regarding planting, care and maintenance of trees on township-owned lands. The Commission assists Franklin Township residents by increasing awareness of the benefits of arboriculture and providing advice and information regarding the selection, planting and care of trees.  More information about the Shade Tree Commission can be found on its website at

About the Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to give the past a future by preserving and restoring historic sites with an emphasis on early Dutch and American heritage.  The Meadows Foundation meets this mission by restoring Meadows Foundation historic sites, providing public education and cultural programs, encouraging public appreciation for local heritage and vernacular architecture and supporting environmental concerns by preserving open space, farmland, and historic sites.  More information about the Meadows Foundation can be found on its website at

Arbor Day Event Flyer

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