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Tree Giveaway this Saturday, April 30th at Edgemont Park

saplingThe Montclair Environmental Commission will be giving away free tree saplings to residents for planting in yards and gardens. The sapling give-away will take place Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Parkway Road (north side of Edgemont Memorial Park), Montclair.

Saplings will be available on a first come, first served basis. Printed instructions on how to store, care for, and plant the saplings will help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind its full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant saplings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

When properly planted and maintained, trees are assets to a community. They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

If you have any questions, please contact

The tree sapling give-away is made possible by the Montclair Environmental Commission and NJ State Forest Service, Arbor Day Foundation, NJ State Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Brothers Intl. FedEx, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign.

Montclair’s Community Forestry Management Plan Approved


On June 26, 2015, the Township of Montclair was notified that the Community Forestry Management Plan (CFMP) was approved by the New Jersey State Forestry Service. The Township adopted a management plan after finding its community forest significantly reduced by recent weather-related disasters, such as the Halloween Snowstorm of 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The established urban forest is important to Montclair’s identity and environmental health; hence, the Township designed the CFMP to preserve the natural beauty of its tree canopy, which requires both planting replacement trees and caring for existing trees, while reducing tree hazards, and to perform such tasks proactively rather than reactively.

The first goal of the CFMP will be to conduct an inventory, assessment and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of trees on public property in Montclair, identifying what trees we have (numbers and species), what their needs are (with respect to removal and pruning), and where new trees are needed. Once the inventory is complete, Montclair can efficiently perform regular tree maintenance, and from there begin a pro-active pruning cycle, which will reduce future potential liabilities and maintenance costs.

An approved Community Forestry Management Plan allows the town to:

  • Apply for grants, such as Community Stewardship Incentive Program (CSIP), which can be used to pay for a portion of the cost of the inventory;
  • Apply for certification as a “Tree City, USA,” which in turn allows access to other grants for planting and tree care; and
  • Secure points towards silver status under the Sustainable Jersey program.

The CFMP is a set of guidelines – if the plan is followed, we can both preserve the natural beauty of Montclair, and improve our quality of life. Among other benefits, trees can:

  • Improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide, and potentially harmful gases such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, from the air and releasing oxygen (one large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people);
  • Help conserve energy by shading us in summer (reducing cooling costs), and blocking wind in winter (reducing heating costs); and
  • Save water by shading thirsty lawns, thereby slowing water evaporation, and retaining stormwater or surface runoff.

Click here for the full-text of the CFMP.

Tree Giveaway at Edgemont Park on Saturday, April 11

TreeGiveaway2015The Montclair Environmental Commission and Department of Community Services have arranged to have tree seedlings available free to the public at Edgemont Park on Saturday, April 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

After last year’s successful giveaway the number of available trees has been doubled to 500. Bring your family and celebrate spring and Arbor Day by taking home free trees to green your property.

“The Environmental Commission is working to protect our tree canopy in town.” said Township Sustainability Officer Gray Russell, “This is a great way for residents to get new trees started at hundreds of properties in town; and, it’s free!”

This program is part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. The exact species available have not yet been released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, but all the seedlings will be native tree species. Native trees provide beauty and shade, prevent soil erosion and help support our native insects and birds.

The Tree Giveaway will be located on Parkway Road, north of the Boat House in Edgemont Park. Seedlings will be available on a first come, first served basis. They are bare-root seedlings, 2 to 4 feet in size.

Instructions on how to store, care for and plant them will be provided. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

In case of thunderstorms, the event will be postponed to same place and time on Sunday, April 12.

For more information, contact Deb Ellis at

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