Posted Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Check for Your Town or a Location Near You
Free tree seedlings will be available this weekend to Morris County residents at nine Morris County locations — eight towns and the Park Commission’s Frelinghuysen Arboretum — through a program offered by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s of Parks and Forestry, in connection with Arbor Day.
Municipal residents are eligible to receive bundles of five free seedlings at any of their local distribution sites across Morris County, and at 118 locations in 19 counties across New Jersey through the Tree Recovery Campaign, which is an effort of the New Jersey Forest Service, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation and other partners.
Participating towns this weekend include Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Denville, Madison, Parsippany, Pequannock, Roxbury, and Washington Township. Seedlings also will be available the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. Mountain Lakes and Harding participated in the program earlier this month.
The free tree seedlings program launched after Superstorm Sandy destroyed and damaged trees across the state in 2012. Since then, the program has made more than 500,000 trees available to state residents. Although some of the seedlings are non-native, they actually may be hardier than native species and able to thrive in harsh weather conditions.
|Chatham Township||April 27||8 a.m.||Tanglewood Lane Compost Area|
|Chester Borough||April 27||9 a.m. – Noon||Gazebo Field, across from Wichert Realtors|
|Denville Township||April 26||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Gardner Field Pavilion, 2 Savage Rd.|
|Frelinghuysen Arboretum||April 28||1 p.m. – 3 p.m.||Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave, Morris Twp.|
|Harding Township||April 20||9 a.m. – Noon||Municipal Building, 21 Blue Mill Rd.|
|Madison Borough||April 26||Noon – 6 p.m.||Drew University Pool/Parking Lot|
|Mountain Lakes Borough||April 13||9 a.m.||Birchwood Lake Parking Lot, West Shore Rd, Annual Trout Derby|
|Parsippany Troy Hills||April 26||11 a.m.||Town Hall, 1001 Parsippany Blvd.|
|Pequannock Township||April 27||9 a.m.||Town Hall Main Parking Lot, 530 Newark-PomptonTurnpike|
|Roxbury Township||April 25||8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Roxbury Recreation Department, 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna|
|Washington Township||April 27||9 a.m. – Noon||Township Public Works Center, 54 Rock Rd., Long Valley|
Check the interactive map for distribution locations in Morris County and in neighboring counties. including Hopatcong in Sussex County and New Providence in Union County.
“While the tree seedlings stand just one or two feet tall now, with proper care they soon will grow to be powerhouses at cleaning the water we drink and the air that we breathe,” said New Jersey Forest Service Chief Todd Wyckoff. Planting trees also can help reduce global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the air, says the state DEP.
All New Jersey residents may buy additional tree seedlings in packets of 50 that start at $18. For more information on these programs, visit www.forestnursery.org or call (732) 928-0029.