BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- This April, Councilman Alvaro Medeiros and the Environmental Commission are repeating an event that proved very successful last year.  They want residents to plant a thousand trees to counter the effects of storms like Superstorm Sandy that left many New Jersey communities with lost or damaged trees. The trees, seedlings acquired through the New Jersey Tree Recovery campaign, will be distributed free on April 24 to Berkeley Heights residents. “Mark your calendars,” said Councilman Medeiros, “and come pick up some seedlings. We will provide instructions.”

Sign up in advance:

1. On the township website - https://www.berkeleyheights.gov/FormCenter/Environmental-Commission-15/Free-Tree-Seedlings-SignUp-Form-77 

2. Or send an email to EC@bhtwp.com that includes your full name and home address for residency verification

3. Or leave a voicemail at 908-280-4260 with your full name, phone number, and home address for residency verification.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 24, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at Columbia Middle School. Note the event is working hard to keep you safe, so please follow the COVID-19 recommendations.  

As the citizens of New Jersey rebuild their communities, New Jersey Tree Recovery campaign is working to bring back the beauty of the tree line. The program is a joint effort of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey Forest Service, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Arbor Day Foundation, iCIMS, FedEx, State Farm and International Paper. This campaign focuses on providing trees to homeowners and communities who lost their urban canopy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Trees sequester carbon (CO2), reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A tree is a natural air conditioner and filter. The evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of ten room-size, residential air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

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

The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission was established to protect, develop or use natural resources, including water resources, located within the Township. The Environmental Commission is an advisory group with the responsibility to recommend plans and programs to the Planning Board for the development and use of open lands and wetlands. All the members volunteer their time on a variety of projects and tasks.