Trees: Don’t ‘Leaf’ It to Chance

By Shannon Buckley
Trenton, NJ (November 28, 2007)- New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation, is battling an increase in impervious surfaces, a decrease in our green spaces, and a decline in our community forests. Nationwide, urban areas cover 69 million acres and are increasing at a rate of 1.3 million acres per year. As our country continues to grow and build, the benefits of our community trees become increasingly critical. Over the years, groups of volunteers and organizations have planted our forests to improve the canopy for future generations. Today, we need to focus on re planting in our urban neighborhoods. We must promote a continuous investment in our trees by supporting tree care and planting programs. Each one of us has the potential to create change, socially and environmentally, by simply planting a tree.

Here are some things you can do to assure that your city or town will continue to plant trees and care for them:
* Contact your local tree department to learn more about tree planting and hazardous-tree removal programs available.
* Avoid planting large trees close to your home and beneath power lines. To ensure public safety and prevent poor pruning, select a smaller tree.
* Encourage the community to develop tree ordinances that will protect its trees and increase safety, and direct funds to municipal tree-planting programs.
* Work with the city’s administration to adopt a resident-based shade tree committee to connect and educate the community.
* Volunteer to plant trees with other organizations. By volunteering, you will network with other organizations, learn about bringing trees to your community, and gain an appreciation for the difference one tree makes.
For the full article, visit the New Jersey Star-Ledger.