WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange resident Linda Stiles was recognized for her efforts to protect trees in the township during the Conference portion of the April 22 Township Council meeting. In addition, John Linson and Mike Brick of the West Orange Environmental Commission discussed the township's designation as a Tree City, USA, and the upcoming Arbor Day tree planting at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School. April 22 was Earth Day around the world as well.
Linson discussed the requirements to be a "Tree City," which West Orange has met for 18 years. One requirement is that the township celebrate Arbor Day, and on April 25, two Japanese Lilac trees will be planted at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, 9 Manger Road, beginning at 1 p.m.
In addition to the tree planting, 50 new trees are being planted on township property. There are five types of trees, including flowering and shade. None will grow higher than 25 feet and a few are still available to plant around town. Contact (973) 325-4015 to recommend a location for a tree.
The DPW is also constructing an open space arboretum at the "Rock" located at 577 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, where they have been at work to create soil in the depleted area.
Stiles spoke of her efforts to protect two trees, one a blue cedar, and the other a white pine, at the old Pals Cabin location on Prospect Avenue. After meetings with John Horn, owner of the property, an agreement was made to preserve the two trees at the site and relocate three blue spruces to Rotary Park on Main Street.
Stiles also planted 96 daffodils in the park and remains passionate about tree preservation in the township.