The New Jersey Tree Foundation wants to replace trees that Hurricane Sandy knocked down.
Verizon, the U.S. Forest Service, the NFL and the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee joined with the foundation to pay for 1,800 trees, which will be given away for people to plant.
Utilities removed more than 100,000 trees in this state just to restore power after Hurricane Sandy, said Beth Kwart, grant writer for the foundation.
When these trees are added to trees that were knocked down on public and private property and in parks, it could be upwards of 400,000 trees that were lost due to Sandy, Kwart said. The foundation has been in discussion with the other organizations for at least a couple of months figuring out what to do about it, Kwart said.
"I think New Jersey has been hit a couple of years in a row now with horrible storms that have been damaging to the tree population, and after Hurricane Sandy, it was the first time that communities, towns, municipalities and individual residents really started reaching out to our organization to ask for help with reforesting their communities," Kwart said. "After Hurricane Sandy, there was an outcry."
Free trees will be given away to residents in the nine counties in the state most devastated by Hurricane Sandy. They are: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Union, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May.
Applications to receive a tree can be found at njtreefoundation.org/
Residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties are eligible to receive a free tree by applying through the link above.
Two hundred trees will be available for pick up 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township. Available species are Willow Oak and Flowering Dogwood. Two hundred trees will be available for pick up during Middle Township's harvest festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at 33 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. Available species are Red Maple and Flowering Dogwood.
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