Free Seedlings Available

Free Seedlings Available

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From left, Ocean City Shade Tree Committee Chairman Joseph Clark and volunteers Mary Lou Hayes and Barbara Henry admire some of the seedlings given away to the public in April of 2018.

Free tree seedlings will be available to Ocean City residents on April 1 as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign.

This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 1, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue) or the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Avenue).

Seedlings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them.

The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future.

Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute 600,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of six years.

It is a joint effort between Ocean City, the New Jersey Forest Service, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Canon, and FedEx.

When properly planted and maintained, trees can be assets to a community, according to a press release.

They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

For a list of all distribution locations across the state, visit www.forestry.nj.gov or www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests.

If you have any questions, call the Purchasing Division at 609-525-9356.

The City of Ocean City, New Jersey, 861 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, New Jersey 08226, 1 800-Beach.