It’s Free Tree Giveaway Time
Posted: March 28, 2022
Free tree seedlings will be available to Vernon Township residents in April as part of the New Jersey Forest Service’s Tree Recovery Campaign.
On April 23, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at Heaven Hill Farm & Garden Center, 451 NJ-94 in Vernon.
Available on a first-come, first-served basis, seedlings come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant the trees. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.
The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign—to distribute over 700,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of eight years—was met in 2020. With natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, and the damage caused by several new invasive insects to New Jersey, our state needs more new tree seedlings than ever before. Therefore, the campaign is moving into its 9th year. The program is a joint effort between Vernon Township Recreation & Community Affairs, NJ Forest Service, Urban and Community Forestry Program, NJ Forest Service Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Arbor Day Foundation, FedEx and Texpo Energy.
When properly planted and maintained, trees can be assets to a community. They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.