Free Native Tree Seedlings for Montclair Residents on May 1

native tree seedlings

In honor of Arbor Day Weekend, on Saturday, May 1, 9:30 am to noon behind Nishuane Park Firehouse, Montclair Environmental Commission–along with Mayor Spiller, Councilor Cummings, and Mother Earth–invite Montclair residents to pick up a FREE native tree seedling. The beautiful and majestic Pin Oak, Northern Red Oak, Flowering Dogwood, White Pine, and Hackberry will be available, while supplies last. While there, have fun following our map to learn about the wonderful trees living in Nishuane park!

Over the past 5 years, the Montclair Environmental Commission has given away over 1000 native tree seedlings to residents. These giveaways are organized in coordination with the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, in recognition of trees lost through Superstorm Sandy and other environmental disasters.

What Montclair’s precious tree canopy looks like in 20 years is up to all of us. If we each plant one native tree now, we can start to offset tree loss due to age, climate change, disease, and storms. We can continue to benefit from the wondrous ecological services that native trees provide. 

Not only do trees provide shade, but native species provide homes and food for birds, pollinators, and other native wildlife who are experiencing growing pressure due to climate change and development. Native trees improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove Co2 emissions and other air pollutants, and reduce flooding, among many other benefits.

Can’t make the event? On May 1 and 2 only, Montclair Residents can enjoy a 10% discount on select native tree species at Orange Garden Center.

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