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☷ Township of Franklin New Jersey - 150th National Arbor Day Event April 30th

☷ Township of Franklin New Jersey - 150th National Arbor Day Event April 30th

Township of Franklin , state New Jersey
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   Franklin Township to Plant Tree and Distribute Free Seedlings in Honor of Arbor Day
    
   [Franklin Township , Somerset County]—
   In honor of the 150
   th
    National Arbor Day , on Saturday , April 30 , 2022 , the Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission in Somerset County will host a public event from 10:00 am until 12 noon at Kingston School Park , 25 Laurel Ave . in Kingston Village .   
   To celebrate the importance of trees , Mayor Philip Kramer , assisted by members of the Township Council and representatives from the Yinghua International School will read the Arbor Day Proclamation and , with the help of those in attendance , plant a mature tree in Kingston School Park .   Other activities include an informational display on species of trees planted in parks throughout the Township , and a tree identification game .   
   Shade Tree Commission members will be on hand to talk about other tree planting and maintenance projects and hand out 100 free tree seedlings to Township residents .   The seedlings are bare root and range in size from 6 to 24 inches in height , depending on the species .   The free seedlings will be distributed on a first - come - first - served basis as long as supplies last .   The seedling distribution is part of the New Jersey Community Tree Recovery Campaign to help re - green communities damaged by recent storms .    
   For seedlings distributed at the event , tree - planting guidelines are available on the Shade Tree Commission’s Resources Page at
   www . franklintwpnj . org/ShadeTree
    .  
   The Township’s bucket truck will also be on display at the event .   The truck , partially purchased by the Shade Tree Fund , is used to maintain trees throughout the Township’s open spaces , parks , and rights - of - way .   Township Department of Public Works personnel have been trained in safe and efficient tree pruning and removal techniques and operation of the bucket truck .
   Franklin Township is proudly entering its 20
   th
    year as a Tree City USA community joining more than 3 , 400 communities nationwide that have made the commitment to become a Tree City USA .   To achieve Tree City status , communities must meet four standards of sound urban forestry management .   They must maintain a tree board or department , have a community tree ordinance , spend at least $2 per capita on community forestry , and celebrate Arbor Day .
   About the Shade Tree Commission
   The Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission promotes the conservation and stewardship of trees throughout the Township by advising township officials regarding planting , care and maintenance of trees on township - owned lands .  The Commission assists Franklin Township residents by increasing awareness of the benefits of arboriculture and providing advice and information regarding the selection , planting and care of trees .   Trees reduce heating and cooling costs , moderate temperatures , clean the air , produce life - giving oxygen , help manage stormwater , promote a healthy environment , provide habitat for wildlife , add value to our homes , and enhance the appearance of neighborhoods , parks and communities .  More information about the Shade Tree Commission can be found on its website at
   http://franklintwpnj . org/ShadeTree
    .
   Sara Malone , Vice - Chair
   Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission
   
   

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