LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Township of Livingston celebrated Arbor Day on Friday with its annual tree planting near the gazebo at the Memorial Oval.

Members of the public joined Mayor Shawn Klein, members of the township council and members of the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the planting. Klein said Livingston is "a tree town” and that the annual Arbor Day tree planting is symbolic of that.

“The character of this town is defined by the trees,” said Klein, adding that trees are important to all members of the township council. “I think there’s been too many trees cut down by development and we have a tree fund to help replenish those trees, but I think that if we lose too many trees, we’ll lose the character of the trees. Doing the symbolic planting of another tree, it’s just one tree but you’re making an important statement when you do that.”

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Klein also noted the significance of an ordinance passed a few years ago stating that if a resident removes a tree, that resident is required to replace it or pay a fine in order for the town to do so.

Livingston has been certified as a Tree City USA for 8 years, thanks to a dedicated effort to expand and enhance our greenery. The township engages in considerable tree recycling efforts, and provides extensive land use planning coordination.

“Each year, we celebrate Arbor Day by planting Weeping Cherry Trees, which typically flower in May,” said DPW Superintendent Mike Anello. “The branches of these particular trees move easily in the breeze, and their large, pink blossoms provide a striking backdrop for the Gazebo and the Force Home.”

The new tree, pictured above, is now located near the gazebo at the Oval, which Anello said is the perfect location and creates a nice environment for all residents to enjoy.