PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the Plainfield administration, the Department of Public Works, and the Shade Tree Commission will hold an Arbor Day ceremony this Friday at City Hall Plaza.

The first Arbor Daypdf took place in 1872 when J. Sterling Morton proposed a tree-planting holiday at a January Nebraska State Board of Agriculture meeting; an April 10 date was set for that year.

Here in Plainfield, the Shade Tree Commission "is vested with the authority to regulate the planting, care and control of shade or ornamental trees and shrubbery in or on the streets, public places, parks and parkways in Plainfield."  The commission also advises both the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment "on Shade Tree concerns on public property and along public rights-of-way."

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Friday's event will include announcements about the 2018 historic tree, the ceremonial plantings, and the city's designation as Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.  The programpdf started in 1976, and it celebrates the importance of an urban tree canopy, and improves the care of vital city trees.

Plainfield's celebration begins at 11 a.m., 515 Watchung Ave.  For more information, call the Planning Division at 908-753-3391.