SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Environmental Commission helped give out 200 tree seedlings to residents on Saturday to help replace trees damages or destroyed by recent storms. Trustees Walter Clarke and James McGowan manned the table that held 100 willow oak and 100 kousa dogwood seedlings.
This event was made possible by the State Forestry Service’s New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, which is running from April 2 - May 8 and helping towns replace trees that were damaged or destroyed by Super Storm Sandy.
Resident Tracy Levine, who took home one of each seedling, said, “I love trees and I’d like to plant some more on my property.”
She also shared that she is happy the state is encouraging residents to plant trees after so many were damaged by Super Storm Sandy.
The dogwoods seemed to be the more popular seedling -- almost half were gone less than an hour after they began being handed out.
“The dogwoods are a really beautiful, ornamental tree and they’re smaller so people are more comfortable going with the kousa because they feel it’s more manageable,” McGowan said.
Jon Levine and Pamela Booker both came for dogwoods.
Booker said that as much as she loved the oak, she has shaded areas around her yard that she felt the dogwood would better thrive.
As he handed the seedlings out, Clarke reminded residents to read the planting instructions and warned that the seedlings might need to be protected from deer.
McGowan said he hopes this program will continue in the future.