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Montclair Celebrates Arbor Day with Events & Seedling Giveaway!

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.

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.

Free Trees! Saturday, April 12th


Help restore Montclair’s tree canopy by planting seedlings of your own! Stop by the Edgemont Park (on Parkway Road, north of the Boat House) on Saturday, April 12th between 9am and 3pm and choose from a variety of species (subject to change), including Red Bud, Black Gum, and Dogwoods. First come, first serve. Montclair residents only.

Seedlings are bareroot and must be kept moist and planted within 7 days. Water frequently for the first 3 months. For more information on planting bareroot seedlings, see arborday.org/HowToPlant and How to plant bare-root trees [PDF].

For more information, contact Deb Ellis at