Mission Accomplished: 5,000 Trees Planted in Bernards Within 5 Years After Sandy

Trees are throughout Bernards Township, whether on public or private land. Credits: File photo
Back to Nature Home & Garden Center in Basking Ridge was instrumental in replanting trees lost after Hurricane Sandy, giving away many hundreds of free trees. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
In October 2012, "Superstorm" Sandy's impact toppled many trees, including these in downtown Basking Ridge, and damaged far more throughout the Somerset Hills. Credits: By Jake Sperling

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township has announced it will fulfill a local initiative of planting 5,000 trees to replace those lost to "Superstorm Sandy" with a public dedication of the 5,000th tree on this Arbor Day.

Bernards Township had launched "Five in 5!" in response to the devastation of so many trees that were destroyed or damaged when Sandy struck the region in October 2012. The Somerset Hills area was hit with particularly strong winds. The stated goal was to plant 5,000 trees within five years of the storm.

The dedication is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 (Arbor Day), in the parking lot by the pool at Pleasant Valley Park off Valley Road in Basking Ridge.

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Free trees will be handed out to the first 40 residents who attend, according to the township announcement.

The initiative was boosted by efforts from such supporters as the Bernards Township shade tree commission. Back to Nature Home and Garden Center in Basking Ridge gave away many hundreds of free trees to help promote the cause throughout the past few years.

The announcement urged residents to join the celebration. 

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