Edison, NJ - Free tree seedlings will be available to residents throughout the Edison/Greater Edison  next year during May  2020 as part of the NJDEP NJ Tree Recovery Campaign.  This program helps communities throughout New Jersey replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. 

From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Sunday, May 3, 2020, the public-at-large shall be able to obtain free tree seedlings at the Township of Edison Papaianni Park 100 Municipal Boulevard Edison, NJ 08817.   It shall occur in conjunction with the Township of Edison’s 2020 ESJGT/ECC Earth Day Clean-Up Event at Papaianni Park, for which volunteers are invited to participate.

The live tree seedlings shall be available on a first-come/first-served basis, along with instructions 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.  Receivers of the tree seedlings should plant the live seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

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The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute over 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of five years.  It is a joint effort between the Township of Edison, NJDEP NJ Forest Service, NJ Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Canon, and FedEx.

When properly planted and maintained, trees can be viable, green assets to a community. They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

Edison is an established 10-Year Bronze Level Sustainable Jersey Community.  The tree saplings shall be distributed to the public by volunteers affiliated with the Edison Sustainable Jersey Green Team.

For a list of all distribution locations across the state, visit www.forestry.nj.gov or www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests.

Should you have any questions, please contact Chris Mazauskas, Coordinator, Edison Sustainable Jersey Green Team at 732-248-7356 Telephone, 732-287-6679 Fax or cmazauskas@edisonnj.org e-mail.