Rutgers, city of Newark and NJ Tree Foundation will create a “TREE CANOPY” along university avenue

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WHO:  Rutgers University in Newark and the New Jersey Tree Foundation are seeking volunteers who want to help to “green” the city of Newark along University Avenue and aren’t afraid to literally get their hands dirty.  Sal Palatucci, supervisor of grounds for the university’s Physical Plant Department, initiated the community planting program through the Tree Foundation’s Newark Renaissance Trees program.

WHAT: A project through the Newark Renaissance Trees program aimed at restoring the “tree canopy” along University Avenue, Newark.  The task: plant 26 zelkova, purple leaf plum, Japanese tree lilac, and ruby slipper maple trees along University Avenue between Orange Street and Central Avenue. The trees are provided through the Newark Renaissance Trees program. GLOVES, TOOLS AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED. WEAR WORK BOOTS OR STURDY SNEAKERS, AND CLOTHES THAT YOU DON’T MIND GETTING DIRTY.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 5, 2008, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

WHERE: Assemble at 85 University Ave., on the Rutgers-Newark campus. Parking will be  available at the Rutgers parking lot on Essex Street, between Orange and James streets; for campus maps, a parking map and directions go to
Rutgers parking lot along Essex Street.

BACKGROUND:  The New Jersey Tree Foundation — a statewide, non-profit organization — is dedicated to the promotion, enhancement and development of urban and community forestry activities in New Jersey through education, volunteerism, community outreach, partnerships, and grants. The Foundation regularly partners with organizations across the state for tree-plantings and educational events to promote community forestry programs (Information: .)  The Newark Renaissance Trees Program is a community tree adoption program that encourages stewardship and healthier living to all residents, community groups, and schools in Newark.

TO VOLUNTEER: Contact Shannon Buckley, NJ Tree Foundation, (609)439-1755, or