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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 984-1795
Dana Loschiavo (609) 984-1423

DEP Recognizes Students and Local Tree Care Programs at State Arbor Day Celebration

(04/45) Haddon Heights - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Community Forestry Program, the New Jersey Community Forestry Council, the New Jersey Tree Foundation and more than 200 volunteers today celebrated Arbor Day by planting a variety of trees at Hoff's Park in Haddon Heights, Camden County. DEP also presented Tree City USA awards, the prestigious Joyce Kilmer Award and awards to this year's student winners of a state calendar art contest.

"Governor McGreevey has made a commitment to plant thousands of trees in New Jersey to benefit our communities," said Bradley M. Campbell, DEP Commissioner. "Arbor Day gives us the chance to reflect on the many benefits of trees - beautifying neighborhoods, improving local air quality, buffering noise and reducing air temperatures."

The DEP's prestigious Joyce Kilmer Award was presented today to Tina L. Wells, a 4th grade teacher in the Oaklyn Public School system in Camden County and a former New Jersey Teacher of the Year recipient. Ms. Wells, a teacher for 26 years, creatively incorporates urban forestry themes throughout an entire month of her curriculum .

Also participating in today's Arbor Day ceremony were communities representing the Tree City USA program, which recognizes cities, counties, and military bases that have developed a comprehensive tree management program, and promotes tree planting and tree care. New Jersey leads the northeast in the number of communities that have earned Tree City USA status with 139 communities, repressenting approximately 2.4 million residents.

This year's Arbor Day also marked the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement establishing an alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New Jersey Department of Labor, and New Jersey's major tree organizations. This alliance will provide information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards and injuries associated with the tree care industry.

Today's celebration was made possible through the assistance and cooperation of many partners, supporters and volunteers who promote the efforts of the New Jersey Forest Service Community Forestry Program which facilitates the development of state approved Community Forestry Management plans in municipalities, counties, and military bases across the Garden State.

During today's ceremony a total of 13 Tree City USA Anniversary awards were presented to 25th, 20th and 1st year communities participating in the Tree City USA program.

TREE CITY USA ANNIVERSARY AWARDS FOR ARBOR DAY 2004

25th Year
West Windsor   Mercer County
 
Millburn   Essex County
 
Dover   Morris County
 
Medford   Burlington County
 

 

     
20th Year
Maywood   Bergen County
 
New Brunswick   Middlesex County
 
Verona   Essex County
 

 

     
1st Year
Linden   Union County
 
Lopatcong   Warren County
 
Tenafly   Bergen County
 
Westwood   Bergen County
 
Haddon Twp.   Camden County
 
Palmyra   Burlington County

More than 300 pieces of original artwork were entered into this year's student Arbor Day art contest. Following are this year's winners.

NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE STUDENT ARBOR DAY CALENDAR ART CONTEST WINNERS

Grade K   Sumin Ko, Mrs. Doris Clark & T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School of Old Tappan
Grade 1   Avoun Carney, Ms. Maida & Elberon School of Long Branch
Grade 2   Madison Roos, Ms. Jillian Herrigel & Milton Avenue School of Chatham
Grade 3   Jennifer Chen of Parsippany, Mrs. Scholz & Lake Hiawatha School of Lake Hiawatha
Grade 4   Jessica Sayre, Mrs. Andrea Wallin & Hillview Elementary School of Pompton Plains
Grade 5   Grace Ko, Ms. Camille Helsley & Charles DeWolf Middle School of Old Tappan
Grade 6   Sierra Binondo, Mrs. DeConde & Lake Riviera Middle School of Brick
Grade 7   Eric Heinz, Miss Susan Butkosky & Terrill Middle School of Scotch Plains
Grade 8   Sonia Sunny, Mrs. Nancy Cerdas & Ridgefield Park Junior Senior High School
Grade 9   Argie Kantilierakis, Ms. Jann Rudnick & Edison High School of Edison
Grade 10   Sindy Cristancho, Mrs. Joanne Schulman & Passaic County Technical Institute of Wayne
Grade 11   Ognjen Topic, Mrs. Joanne Schulman & Passaic County Technical Institute of Wayne
Grade 12   Adam Ramsey, Mrs. Carol Stauss & Saddle Brook High School of Saddle Brook

 

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT SIGNATORIES
TREE CARE SAFETY ALLIANCE BETWEEN OSHA IN THE US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR,
THE NJ DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, & NEW JERSEY'S MAJOR TREE ORGANIZATIONS

Patricia K. Clark, Regional Administrator
US Department of Labor, OSHA

Phil Peist, Area Director
US Department of Labor- OSHA
Parsippany Area Office

Lisa Levy, Area Director
US Department of Labor-OSHA
Hasbrouk Heights Office

Robert D. Kulick, Area Director
US Department of Labor- OSHA
Avenel Area Office

Gary Roskoski, Area Director
US Department of Labor- OSHA
Marlton Area Office

Leonard Katz, Assistant Commissioner
NJ Department of Labor

William J. Porter, Executive Secretary
NJ Shade Tree Federation

Stephen M. Chisholm, President
NJ Board of Certified Tree Experts

Pamela Tappen, President
NJ Society of Certified Tree Experts

Richard Maloney, President
NJ Arborists Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture

John E. Perry, President
NJ Committee of Advancement of Arboriculture

John S. Watson, Jr., Assistant Commissioner
NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Natural and Historic Resources

 

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