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New Jersey Tree Foundation

The New Jersey Tree Foundation is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, enhancement and development of urban and community forestry activities in New Jersey through education, volunteerism, community outreach, partnerships, and grants. The Tree Foundation is committed to providing exceptional forestry programs, services and opportunities to New Jersey's cities and towns.

The goals of the Tree Foundation are to disseminate the importance of community forestry activities to a broad range of participants, expand urban, suburban and rural forestry activities, promote volunteerism and strengthen relationships between the private and public sector of forestry experts through innovative programs and projects.

  • The Tree Foundation has three components: Tree Planting, Education and Arbor Day. The New Jersey Tree Foundation's Tree Planting Program distributes free two-year-old trees to volunteer groups who promise to plant the trees on public lands, use and train volunteers for the planting, and maintain the trees for a minimum of two years. In conjunction with Arbor Day, the Tree Foundation implements Celebrate Arbor Day!, a statewide, volunteer tree planting and community forestry education event. Volunteers come together during April to plant thousands of trees on public lands in their neighborhoods. In the fall, this same project is implemented under the name Make A Difference With Trees! Participating volunteer groups receive a free 4-hour workshop, and a Tree Planting Event Training Manual to assist with their tree planting projects.

  • The NJ Tree Foundation is planting street trees in Camden City. For the next two years, community organizations may apply to plant large shade trees in their neighborhood. For further information, contact Carrie Magee @609-984-3866.

  • The New Jersey Tree Foundation's Educational Program educates youth and adults through hands-on workshops covering the following topics: tree pruning and maintenance, developing Arbor Day events, and school grounds/park restorations. Workshops are held on a first come first served basis.

  • The New Jersey Tree Foundation partners with the New Jersey Forest Service to develop New Jersey's State Arbor Day Event held in one of New Jersey's cities on the last Friday in April. That day volunteers participate in tree planting and educational activities to celebrate the simple act of planting a tree. To round out the day, an Arbor Day Ceremony includes speeches by local dignitaries, entertainment, Tree City awards presentations and ceremonial tree plantings with state and local officials.

Target Audience(s)
General public, organizations, educators, students of all ages

Additional Information
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Lisa Simms
NJ Tree Foundation
501 East State Street
PO Box 404
Trenton, NJ 08625
Ph: 609-984-3856
Fax: 609-984-0378

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Related Links
NJ Global Warming - The State of New Jersey's global warming site is an excellent resource for New Jersey-specific information about global warming. The site includes recommended actions that residents can take to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions, research about global warming's impacts on the Garden State and information about initiatives across the state to fight global warming.

DEP's Community Forestry Program - The New Jersey Community Forestry program ensures more livable communities through the care and management of trees. Neglect and urban stress limit the life span of the average downtown tree to only 10 years. With proper care, trees live longer, look better, and increase in value as they age. Without care, they decline in health and value and become liabilities. Trees deserve to be managed with the same skill and diligence as any other community asset.