Arbor Day Tree Planting Volunteers Needed

Apr 13, 2013

To celebrate Arbor Day 2013 on April 26, the Durand-Hedden House, Maplewood’s Historic House Museum, is looking for volunteers to help with planting dozens of young trees throughout historic Grasmere Park. J. Todd Lamm, the New Jersey Certified Tree Expert who cares for the trees and shrubs on the grounds, said that the saplings, red oaks and white pines, will be donated by the New Jersey Tree Foundation, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to developing community forestry activities and providing trees to public lands in New Jersey.

“Our goal is to develop these saplings into mature trees — to reforest the park due to recent losses and eventually to eliminate the invasive Norway maples that have overshadowed other tree and plant growth in some areas,” Lamm said. “We selected white pines and red oaks because they are native to this part of the state. The red oak is also the state tree of New Jersey.”

The first Arbor Day was created by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872, and one million trees were planted that year. Since then, Arbor Day has been celebrated worldwide, with many millions of trees being planted annually. In New Jersey, Arbor Day typically takes place on the last Friday in April, although the date varies elsewhere, depending on the climate.

To volunteer to help with tree planting on Friday April 26 and to learn helpful tree planting tips, please contact Todd Lamm ( or leave a message with the Durand-Hedden House, 973-763-7712. The Durand-Hedden House is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood.

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