Shade Tree staff will plant swamp white oak trees at schools 

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders will mark Arbor Day with the planting of swamp white oak trees (Quercus bicolor) at two elementary schools on April 27.

The first event will be held at 10 a.m. at the West Belmar Elementary School in Wall. A second event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Sea Girt School in Sea Girt.

“Tress can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clear the air, produce life-giving oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife while providing beauty in our communities,” Freeholder Serena DiMaso said.

In addition to the tree planting at each school, each student will receive a flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) seedling to plant in his or her own yard.

These tree planting events are part of the county’s community forestry program that is rooted in the county Shade Tree Commission, which is responsible for overseeing care and maintenance of the county’s many trees. Monmouth County participates in the Tree City USA program that is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Event #1: 

10 a.m. Friday, April 27
West Belmar Elementary School
925 17th Ave., Wall

Event #2: 
2 p.m. Friday, April 27
Sea Girt Elementary School
451 Bell Place, Sea Girt