Freeholder Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski (center) joined a group of volunteers and staff led by Dr. Marian Glenn, President of the Rahway River Watershed Association (far left) to plant 250 “bare root” tree seedlings at Union County’s Meisel Park in Springfield last month.

The seedlings are transplanted when dormant to help ensure they can thrive in new soil. The project was funded by a grant from the Roots for Rivers initiative of The Nature Conservancy and Sustainable New Jersey, which aims to restore habitats and reduce stormwater runoff in low-level areas near rivers and streams.

Meisel Park Pond is also undergoing a major restoration project.

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