ROXBURY, NJ — Free tree seedlings will be available Friday to Roxbury residents as part of the New Jersey Forest Service’s Tree Recovery Campaign.

Residents can pick up tree seedlings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roxbury Recreation Department site at 72 Eyland Ave. in Succasunna.

Seedlings are available on a first come, first served basis. Residents will be provided with a care guide that addresses seedling storage, general care, and identifying an appropriate planting location.

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Residents are reminded to consider the size of a mature tree when choosing the planting location. The seedlings should be planted within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign goal — to distribute more than 600,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of seven years — was met in 2019. With natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, and damage caused by several new invasive insects to New Jersey, the need for new tree seedlings is as significant as ever, note the organizers. Therefore, the campaign has continued onto its seventh year.

Among their many other benefits, trees improve the visual appeal of neighborhoods and business districts, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, said  officials.

Masks are required. There will be signage with direction.

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

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