photo: Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso celebrates Arbor Day with Village Elementary School in Holmdel.

Great weather makes for glorious outdoor events in Holmdel, Sea Girt and Wall

HOLMDEL, SEA GIRT AND WALL, NJ – Monmouth County officially marked Arbor Day with tree plantings at three Monmouth County elementary schools: Holmdel Village Elementary School, Sea Girt Elementary School and the West Belmar School in Wall.

In both Holmdel and Wall, Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso quizzed students about the history of Arbor Day as part of ceremonies that included songs and poems. She helped plant and an Okame cherry tree in Holmdel and a swamp white oak tree in Wall.

“This tree is a wonderful addition to your school,” DiMaso told the students. “Trees also reduce the erosion of our valuable topsoil, they cut heating and cooling costs, clear the air, produce life-giving oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife while providing beauty in our communities. Most of all we want you to remember this tree and come back and visit it after you leave this school.”

DiMaso presented the County’s Arbor Day proclamation to each school and recognized the work of the County’s Shade Tree Commission. DiMaso is the freeholder liaison to the County’s Shade Tree Commission.

In Sea Girt, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone also spoke to the students about the importance of trees and presented a proclamation to the school and recognized the work of the County’s Shade Tree Commission. Students then showed Freeholder Arnone apply their newly planted Kwanzan cherry tree.

“The county Shade Tree Commission plants between 1,000 and 1,500 trees and shrubs each year,” Arnone said. “But they do much more than just plant and maintain trees. When storms hit, crews are out assessing the damage to our trees and removing the broken limbs from our roads. They were a big part of our Superstorm Sandy and snowstorm cleanup last year.”

After the each of the ceremonies, the freeholders handed out tree seedlings to the children. All the children were encouraged to take their tree seedlings home, plant them and help with community forestation.

“Anyone who drives around Monmouth County or visits its 39 county parks knows that trees and gardens are a positive contribution to the County’s quality of life,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry who represented the County at the NJ DEP tree planting in Asbury Park.

Each year the County holds Arbor Day celebrations that include tree plantings as part of its community forestry program. The County Shade Tree Commission is responsible for care and maintenance of the County’s many trees. Monmouth County actively 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.

This is the seventh year in a row that Monmouth County has been designated as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Gaining “Tree City USA” recognition is an award to the tree workers, managers, volunteers, tree board members and others who work on behalf of better care of a community’s trees.