TRENTON – On Friday, April 26 at 9:45 a.m., dozens of volunteers will join DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and State Forester Lynn Fleming in an Arbor Day tree planting effort and subsequent ceremony at Library Square Park in Asbury Park to replace trees lost during Superstorm Sandy, as part of the city’s continuing post-Sandy recovery efforts.

This year’s State Arbor Day celebration will feature representatives of the city of Asbury Park, Asbury Park Environmental & Shade Tree Commission, New Jersey Shade Tree Federation, New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Council, New Jersey Tree Foundation, Society of Certified Tree Experts and local tree planting volunteers.

This Arbor Day commemorates Asbury Park’s 11th year as a Tree City USA. New Jersey has 181 Tree City USA communities, ranking first among Northeastern states.

Also during the Arbor Day ceremony, the DEP will present the prestigious Joyce Kilmer Award for outstanding contributions to community forests.

The state has been celebrating Arbor Day since 1949, when the Legislature designated the last Friday in April as the official day to honor trees and the people who take care of them.

For GPS users, the closest address for Library Square Park is 404 Asbury Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

In case of rain, the event will be held at Trinity Church auditorium, 503 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

For more information, please visit www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/forest and like State Forestry Service’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests

For more information on Arbor Day visit www.arborday.org and for tree care tips visit www.treesaregood.com.