Free tree seedlings will be given out by the Vineland Environmental Commission to Vineland residents on Saturday April 16, as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. The seedlings are being provided by the New Jersey State Forest Service.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents can pick up the tree seedlings at 1199 E. Park Ave (at the corner of Main Road) in Vineland. Seedlings will be distributed in the parking lot as part of this drive-through event, and are available on a first come, first served basis. The seedlings come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on their property for planting, while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up to prevent the roots from drying out.
“The Tree Recovery Campaign free seedling giveaway is a popular way to engage residents in helping to preserve the city’s tree canopy,” Mayor Anthony Fanucci said. “Celebrating and planting trees today will help future generations maintain a healthier and more beautiful environment, while also enjoying a better quality of life.”
“When properly planted and cared for, trees are an important asset to the community and to the environment,” said Vineland Environmental Commission Chairwoman Diane Amico. “They improve the visual appeal of neighborhood and our business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.”
This is a joint effort between the City of Vineland, the New Jersey Forest Service, the Urban and Community Forestry Program, the New Jersey Forest Service Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, the Arbor Day Foundation, Fed Ex, and Texpo Energy.
If you have any questions, contact Diane Amico at 856-794-4000, ext.4234 or Damico@vinelandcity.org
Nearly 1,000 free tree seedlings were distributed by City of Vineland Environmental Commission members at the 2021 drive thru event.