LIVINGSTON, NJ – On a cold Friday morning, residents, town officials, administrators and staff celebrated national Arbor Day with a tree planting by the Gazebo on the Memorial Oval. 

Arbor Day is a national holiday celebrated on the last Friday in April. Since 1872, when pioneer J. Sterling Morton first dedicated the holiday to tree planting, Arbor Day has continued to reshape the landscape of America. The Arbor Day Foundation distributes and plants an estimated 15 million trees each year and provides citizens with a valuable resource.

"Each year, we plant cherry trees for Arbor Day; we hope our residents will come enjoy their beauty and celebrate the important role trees play in ensuring our clean air, helping us conserve water, and providing renewable sources of food and fuel," said Township Manager Michele E. Meade.

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“This year, we are celebrating Arbor Day by planting weeping cherry trees,” said Department of Public Works Superintendent Mike Anello in a press release from the town. “These trees typically flower in May, and their large, pink flowers provide a colorful backdrop for the Gazebo and the Force Home.”

“Trees help improve air quality by filtering out dust and particles,” said Mayor Michael M. Silverman in a press release from the town. “They help conserve water, and they give us a renewable source of fuel and food. They even provide shelter for our wildlife.”

He added, “Trees also increase property values and reduce energy use and they add to the beauty of our homes and the neighborhoods in which we live, work, and play—all good reasons to celebrate and plant a tree.”

However, Arbor Day, is not the only time the Township plants trees.

"We've been a ‘Tree City USA’ for six years, and we engage in considerable tree recycling efforts and extensive land-use planning coordination," stated Meade.  

“In addition to our annual Arbor Day planting, we have other tree-planting occasions,” said Anello. “Sometimes, residents want to plant a tree as a gift to the town or in someone’s honor. Putting them near the Gazebo is the perfect spot—it’s on the Oval, near several of our Memorials, and behind the Force home. They add color to the area and create a nice environment for our residents to enjoy.”

For more information on the yownship’s eco-friendly initiatives click HERE