Montclair residents looking to enrich their yards and benefit the environment by planting and preserving shade trees on their properties can join the Montclair Environmental Commission for an Arbor Day event on Sunday April 30th between 9am and noon. The Montclair Town Council officially approved a proclamation naming April 28th as Arbor Day in Montclair. The event will be held on the northeast edge of Edgemont Memorial Park.
Between 9am and noon, Montclair residents can come by to pick up free tree seedlings. Families can also participate in a tree scavenger hunt and earn the chance to win prizes donated by Montclair’s American Royal Hardware and Learning Express as well as a Watchung Booksellers gift basket worth $50 for one winner. They will also learn about participation in the Montclair poster contest, If Trees Could Speak, running from April 28th through May 8th for children in grades K-5th-. This poster contest is co-sponsored by the Montclair Environmental Commission and Whole Foods Market Montclair.
Education materials will be available on planting, caring for trees and managing potentially diseased trees on residential properties.
The tree seedling giveaway is offered as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a project overseen by the state and organized in coordination with the Township Community Services Department. The exact species that will be available to Montclair have not yet been released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Last year 350 seedlings were distributed to residents.
The seedlings will come with instructions on how to store, care for and where to plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size.
Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after receiving them to prevent the roots from drying out.
The giveaway is open to all Montclair residents and property owners.
The Tree Recovery Campaign is a collaboration that includes Montclair, New Jersey State Forestry Services, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, Brothers International, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wyndham Vacation Resorts and FedEx.
The Tree Recovery Campaign’s intention is to distribute more than 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents during the five years that it is active. This is its third year running.