Edison, NJ – The Edison Sustainable Jersey Green Team (ESJGT) announced that it has distributed 3,050 free tree saplings to the public from 2016 to 2019.   

The tree saplings, which were provided by the NJDEP NJ Tree Recovery Campaign, are routinely distributed during the annual  Edison Earth Day Celebrations in Papaianni Park.  However, this year, the saplings were distributed in May and June said the organization, due to the re-scheduling of the town’s Earth Day Celebrations.

Six partner organizations assisted in the effort this year,  PSTE John Marshall School, Clara Barton Neighborhood Preservation Committee, Milltown Green Team, Middlesex County Department of Parks and Recreation, Edison Open Space Advisory Committee and Edison Department of Public Works.

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The species of NJDEP TRC tree saplings distributed this year included: Hackberry, Paw-Paw, White Dogwood, Kousa Dogwood, Shellbark Hickory, Black Walnut, Tupelo/Black Gum, Eastern White Pine, Swamp Oak, Chestnut Oak and White Oak. 

Instructions were included as to their applicable storage, care and planting. The guides help recipients choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future, according to ESJGT.  Receivers of the tree seedlings were advised to plant the live seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

The goal of the NJDEP Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute over 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of five years.

Edison is a certified Tree City, as well as an established 10-Year Bronze Level Sustainable Jersey Community. 

ESJGT plans to continue its participation in the NJDEP Tree Recovery program next year.