Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. joined with the Township of Bloomfield and the New Jersey Tree Foundation on Thursday, April 15th to announce that approximately 110 new trees are being planted along Broad Street and Hoover Avenue in Bloomfield. The County and the New Jersey Tree Foundation worked collaboratively to receive the free trees from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Division of Community Forestry.

"Planting trees along our County roads enhances the aesthetics of our streets, makes our neighborhoods more inviting and, most importantly, strengthens the health of our local environment," DiVincenzo said. "Our partnership with the New Jersey Tree Foundation and the Township of Bloomfield is an example of how our residents benefit when government and non-profit organizations share their resources," he added.

Crews from the Essex County Department of Public Works and the New Jersey Tree Foundation worked together to plant trees on Broad Street and Hoover Avenue in Bloomfield. A variety of species were planted, including maple, cherry, crabapple and locust trees. The township provided police patrols to control traffic during the project. Work began on Tuesday, April 13th and was completed on Thursday, April 15th.

"Bloomfield is a Tree City, so the more trees we have the better," Bloomfield Mayor Ray McCarthy said. "We are pleased to partner with the County to beautify our public spaces," he added.

"The County has been an absolute perfect partner in adding value to our township by planting these trees," Councilman Nick Joanow said. "Trees add to the quality of life for our residents," he added.

The New Jersey Tree Foundation plants trees along streets and at schools in the Lower Passaic and Arthur Kill Watersheds. The County has worked with the Foundation to plant trees along Park Avenue in East Orange, in Essex County West Side Park and along several County roads in Montclair, Maplewood and Irvington. Over the last several years, almost 1,500 trees have been planted through this program.