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Mayor Vauss Announces the NJ Tree Recovery Campaign Provides Free Seedlings to Residents

Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss announced that free tree seedlings will be available to Irvington residents in the month of April as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

From 2:00pm until 4:00pm on Saturday, April 18th, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at Irvington Orange Park, available on a first come, first served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them. 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 pickup in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

“The planting of the seeds and the trees that will grow in our community, will help to make the air in our town clean, as well as to enhance our communities,” said Mayor Vauss. “I am pleased that we are able to offer these seeds, free of charge, to our residents.”

“Trees are an important part of our landscape and quality of life,” said Public Works Director Jamel Holley. “I urge residents to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute over 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of the next five years. It is a joint effort between Irvington, New Jersey State Forestry Services, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, Brothers International, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wyndham Vacation resorts, and FedEx.

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.

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

For additional information, please contact Cassandra Chatman at 973-399-6697.

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