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Free tree seedlings available on April 6

Rebecca Nowalski
Seedlings of bilko cabbage, planted by Susan Keymer, at Merrick Farm. The farm, located in Farmingdale, is working with Chef Marilyn Schlossbach to bring farm-to-table foods to Schlossbach restaurants.

Free tree seedlings will be available in April as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign.

This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

From 9 a.m. to noon on April 6, residents and non-residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at the East Brunswick Recycling Center, 357 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick.

Seedlings, available on a first come, first served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for and plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute 600,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of six years. It is a joint effort between East Brunswick Recreation & Parks, New Jersey Forest Service, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Canon and FedEx.

For a list of all distribution locations across the state, visit www.forestry.nj.gov or www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests.

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