Middle Township’s Environmental Commission will distribute 500 free tree seedlings to Cape May County residents in the month of April as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at the Cape May County Earth Day Celebration being held at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. Seedlings are available on a first come, first serve basis, and will come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them. The guides help residents choose the right location on a property to plant the tree while keeping in mind the tree’s growth potential. 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 over 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of the next five years. When properly planted and maintained, trees can be assets to a community. They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

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

For more information, please contact Vilma Pombo of the Middle Township Environmental Commission at 609-465-3565.