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Westfield Historical Society Presents an Illustrated Talk on the Story of Union County College’s Historic Tree Project

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Dr. Tom Ombrello will give an illustrated talk on the historic trees of Union County College on Nov. 19 at the Reeve House in Westfield.
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Dr. Tom Ombrello, a Senior Professor of Biology at Union County College, will conduct an illustrated talk on the story of Union County College’s Historic Tree Project and the many noteworthy trees growing in the College’s Historic Tree Grove. An emphasis will be placed on historic trees from NJ. The talk will take place on Sunday, November 19th at 2:30 p.m. at the Reeve House in Westfield, New Jersey.

Dr. Ombrello began the historic tree project at the college in 1995, collecting seeds or cuttings of noteworthy historic trees around the New Jersey. Offspring trees are grown in the college’s greenhouses and outdoor nursery. One offspring of each historic tree is planted in the Historic Tree Grove established on the Cranford campus. When available, extra offspring seedlings are distributed to, among other places, NJ schools and municipalities.

As part of that project, Dr. Ombrello collected acorns from the historic Basking Ridge White Oak Tree on the grounds of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church as its life came to an end after 600 years. It is believed to have been one of the oldest White Oak trees in America. On the college’s Cranford campus, Dr. Ombrello grew progeny of the historic tree.

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Dr. Ombrello has a B.A. from Herbert Lehman College, an M.S. from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He teaches a wide variety of courses in the STEM Division, including General Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, and Plant Science. His research interests involve working with NJ’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to reduce the negative encounters between people and black bears in Northwest NJ.

Space is limited and prior registration is required so to make a reservation kingly email westfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call 908-654-1794. There is a suggested donation of $5 to help offset costs and to support the Society.

For more information about the Westfield Historical Society and the Reeve House, which is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ visit http://westfieldhistoricalsociety.org

 

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