DEP RECOGNIZES STUDENTS AND LOCAL TREE CARE PROGRAMS
AT STATE ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION IN ASBURY PARK
(07/24) TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection Community Forestry Program, the New Jersey
Community Forestry Council and the New Jersey Tree Foundation today
celebrated Arbor Day by planting 100 large shade trees and a variety
of grasses and shrubs around Sunset Lake in Asbury Park.
"Planting a tree is making an investment in the future of
our communities," said DEP Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson. "Planting
trees in Asbury Park reduces air pollution, lowers energy costs,
and improves the overall quality of life in our urban communities.
Trees also help filter and clean water supplies, reduce water runoff,
flooding, erosion and storm water management costs."
More than 200 volunteers participated in the Arbor Day festivities
by planting 100 cherry trees and a variety of grasses and shrubs
around Sunset Lake. The DEP presented Tree City USA awards to communities
marking their 30th, 20th and 1st anniversaries and the prestigious
Joyce Kilmer Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated
a strong commitment to New Jersey's community forests. The DEP also
recognized the winners of the Arbor Day notecard contest for students.
The recipient of the Joyce Kilmer Award this year is the Asbury
Park Environmental Shade Tree Commission for its outstanding commitment
to managing and caring for community trees.
"The City of Asbury Park is honored to have been designated
the 2007 Arbor Day City in New Jersey during our celebration of
the city's 100th anniversary of its incorporation," Mayor Kevin
G. Sanders said. "Asbury Park is experiencing a revitalization
and the trees that are being planted will add to the beauty and
restoration of the 'Jewel of the Jersey Shore' for generations to
Asbury Park Environmental Shade Tree Commission Chairperson Tom
Pivinski said, "I am thrilled for the commission that they
have been awarded the prestigious Joyce Kilmer Award for their work
in Urban Forestry and Environment."
Also attending the Arbor Day ceremony were communities representing
the Tree City USA program. Sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation
in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
and the National Association of State Foresters, the
Tree City USA awards recognize cities, counties and military bases
that have developed a comprehensive tree management program. In
New Jersey, 145 communities have earned Tree City USA status - the
largest number in the Northeast.
Asbury Park was chosen to host this year's Arbor Day to recognize
its outstanding cooperation in the Cool Cities program, a statewide
urban forest energy-efficiency initiative designed to address the
urban heat island effect by reducing summertime temperatures in
cities through the shading of trees. More than 1,000 trees will
be planted in Asbury Park as part of this initiative.
Funded through the Board of Public Utilities, Clean Energy Program,
Cool Cities was launched in the fall of 2003 to green New Jersey's
large cities by planting trees to reduce the demand for electricity
and lower energy consumption. Since its inception, the DEP and the
BPU have planted more than 10,000 trees in urban communities statewide.
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. This program facilitates the development of state-approved
Community Forestry Management Plans in municipalities, counties
and military bases across the Garden State.
TREE CITY USA ANNIVERSARY AWARDS FOR ARBOR DAY 2007
30th Year Morris Plains, Morris County
20th Year Nutley, Essex County
1st Year Monmouth County (First county in New Jersey to achieve
Edgewater, Bergen County
Red Bank, Monmouth County
Hamilton, Mercer County
Woodcliff Lake, Bergen County
Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Hundreds of pieces of original artwork were entered into this
year's statewide student Arbor Day notecard contest. Following are
this year's winners.
NJ STATEWIDE STUDENT ARBOR DAY BOOK NOTECARD CONTEST 1ST
Kindergarten -- Ariana Perez, Clarendon School, Secaucus
Grade 1 ~ Joyce An, Milltown School, Bridgewater
Grade 2 ~ Zachary Bornyasz, A. Russell Knight School, Cherry Hill
Grade 3 ~ LeAnna Lopez, Mill Lake School, Monroe Township
Grade 4 ~ Ty Steele, Mullica Township School, Sweet Water
Grade 5 ~ Stephen Brinkerhoff, Northwest Christian School, Branchville
Grade 6 ~ Kaziyaah Muldrow, Oak Street School, Lakewood
Grade 7 ~ Michael Oliu, Millstone Township Middle School, Millstone
Grade 8 ~ Daniel Lizarazo, Roy W. Brown Middle School, Bergenfield
Grade 9 ~ Anthony Bell, Burlington County Special Services School
District, Mount Holly
Grade 10 ~ Deannah Lopez, Creative Achievement Academy, Millville
Grade 11 ~ Curtis Bordley, Creative Achievement Academy, Egg Harbor
Grade 12 ~ Ernst Labady, Union County Vocational Technical High