MORRISTOWN, NJ – Celebrate Arbor Day with The Morristown Shade Tree Commission and  the Burnham Park Association on Saturday, April 18. Local residents who promote, protect and maintain the town's community forest will be acknowledged. 

This year’s Arbor Day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Burnham Park. The ceremony kicks off with statements by Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, BPA President Dr. Lynn Siebert and STC Chair Karl Roettger. Commission member, Michael Rockland, will recite the famous poem, “Trees,” written by Joyce Kilmer,a teacher who taught at Morristown High School. 

“It’s a privilege for the volunteers of the Morristown Shade Tree Commission to share in the planting of four beautiful native trees with the Burnham Park Association,” Roettger says. “These trees will perpetuate the vision of Frederick and Catherine Burnham that the park should be a place of ‘fine trees’ with ‘wide spreading branches.’” The Burnham family deeded the park to the town in 1911. 

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In 2014, the Shade Tree Commission planted 128 trees and 20 shrubs to the town’s community forest. According to the  STC, the town has more than 3,000 public trees. 

“The (Burnham) heirs entrusted us with the stewardship of this park,” Dr. Siebert says. “We have spent thousands of dollars – and hours – on Arbor Day plantings to maintain the Burnham family’s vision for this beautiful park.”

Volunteers are invited to help plant the trees and clean up the park. Volunteers need to bring shovels, rakes, garden gloves and clippers, and to wear appropriate clothing.

Lunch will be provided at the gazebo for participants.

Rain date is Saturday, April 25.