Union County Celebrates Arbor Day 2017 with Tree Giveaway for Schools

Flowering Dogwood. Credits: Robert H. Mohlenbrock, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester.

UNION COUNTY, NJ – One hundred trees will be given away to schools on request in recognition of Arbor Day 2017, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board to sponsor the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Program for schools.

“Union County is proud to support Arbor Day, a great American tradition that celebrates the many contributions that trees make to our quality of life, including economic development as well as a more diverse and healthy environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

This year’s free Arbor Day tree is the flowering dogwood.  Each tree is about five feet tall and weighs about 20 pounds. When fully grown they will be about 15 to 20 feet tall. The trees are available on a first come first served basis while supplies last. Requests from schools must be received by Thursday, April 13, 2017. Schools that receive a tree can also participate in a free training session in tree planting and care, available to students, teachers, and parent volunteers through Union County and the Master Tree Steward Program.

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 “Our Arbor Day planting program is a hands-on exercise that helps our Union County students see themselves as stewards of the environment, one tree at a time,” said Bergen.

The Board provides annual grants to plant trees on municipal property through the Greening Union County program, which launched as an initiative of Freeholder Angel T. Estrada when he was Chairman in 2004.

“Since its inception, Greening Union County has helped to plant more than 9,700 trees in our urban and suburban communities,” Bergen noted.

The tree care training session will be held at Williams Nursery in Westfield on Thursday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is required.

To request a tree and register for a training a training session, contact Barbara Knapp at Union County, 908-789-3653 or

For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities, visit The Green Connection online at

For all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.



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