ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- In a tribute to its commitment to effective urban forest management the Township of Robbinsville was recently recognized as a "Tree City USA" community by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 10th time Robbinsville, which has planted close to 13,000 trees over the past eight years, has met the program's four requirements: tree board or department; tree care ordinance; annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per-capita; and an Arbor Day observance and Proclamation.

Initially, Robbinsville gained 5,771 new trees from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the spring of 2015 to make up for the nearly 115 acres of forested land the Township ceded for the highway's expansion. The installment of the remaining 7,000 trees were spaced out over the subsequent three years and were worth $3.4 million.

The Township will commemorate the distinction April 30 with the planting of three more trees outside the Miry Run Recreation Building, located at 66 Sharon Road. The event, beginning at 11:00 a.m., is open to the public with social distancing rules in effect.

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The Tree City USA program is sponsored in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. More than 3,400 cities and towns have been recognized as a Tree City USA community. 

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found online.

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