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Students, Volunteers, NJ Tree Foundation Will “Green” Rutgers University in Newark for Arbor Day

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WHAT:  Tree-planting on the Rutgers campus as part of Newark’s Arbor Day Celebration.  Rutgers will provide equipment and personnel to transport 29 trees to their planting locations; volunteers from the community and the campus will prepare the ground and plant and water the trees.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9 a.m. – noon, with welcoming remarks at 9 a.m. by City of Newark officials.

WHERE:  Welcoming remarks on the Norman Samuel Plaza, followed by plantings throughout the campus.  (Entrance to the Samuels Plaza is through the Rutgers red archway on University Avenue between Bleeker and Warren streets.

WHO:  Volunteers from the community and from Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers physical plant personnel, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, City of Newark officials, and 29 trees.

BACKGROUND:  In past years Rutgers-Newark and the New Jersey Tree Foundation have teamed up to green the campus, creating a tree canopy along University Avenue and planting trees on Warren Street.  The New Jersey Tree Foundation is a non-profit, statewide organization dedicated to the promotion, enhancement and development of urban and community forestry activities in New Jersey through education, volunteerism, community outreach, partnerships, and grants. By partnering with the foundation, Rutgers-Newark is continuing and expanding its successful efforts to create an urban oasis of trees and sustainable gardens.

CONTACT:  Program Coordinator Elena López, New Jersey Tree Foundation, 609-439-1755.