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Arbor Day Event - April 27th

Post Date:04/09/2019 9:24 AM

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Franklin Township to Plant Trees and Distribute Free Seedlings in Honor of Arbor Day

[Franklin Township, Somerset County]— In honor of National Arbor Day, the Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission in Somerset County will host an Arbor Day Event on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  This public event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Naaman Williams Park on Matilda Avenue in Franklin Township. 

Franklin Township is proudly entering its 18th year as a Tree City USA community joining more than 3,400 communities nationwide that have made the commitment to become 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 225 tree seedlings.  The seedling distribution is part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign to help re-green communities hit by Super-storm Sandy.  This is the last year of this state sponsored campaign.

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 27 Arbor Day event, Councilwoman Crystal Pruitt will read the Arbor Day Proclamation and, with the help of those in attendance, plant a mature tree to mark the culmination of a recent re-greening project in Naaman Williams Park.  Other activities include an informational display on area soils, information about the species of trees planted in the park, and a tree identification game.  Shade Tree Commission members will be on hand to talk about other tree planting and maintenance projects and hand out 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 free seedlings will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis as long as supplies last. 

The Township’s bucket truck will also be on display at the event.  The truck, partially purchased by the Shade Tree Fund, is used to maintain trees throughout the Township’s open spaces, parks, and right-of-ways.  Township Department of Public Works personnel are receiving training in safe and efficient tree pruning and removal techniques and operation of the bucket truck.

For seedlings distributed at the event, 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.  Learn more 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


Sara Malone, Chair
Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission
Phone:  (908) 892-0020