Gregory School staging area. 88 free trees passed out, 51 OGWO signatures collected, over $100 donated/pledged!
On Saturday, May 4th, Roosevelt Middle School student Randy Stevens ran his Genius Hour project with the help of Our Green West Orange. OGWO purchased 150 trees from the Arbor Day Foundation, and partnered with Randy to bring his project to life.
The tree saplings were provided free to West Orange senior citizens, and then extended to all Township residents. (Three went to Playhouse, a local preschool who's young students will compare how each of the three varieties of trees grow!)
Not only did Randy hand out the saplings, he and friend Greg Reissig PLANTED trees at residents’ homes. We are proud to announce that over 108 Red Maple, Tulip, and Pin Oak trees were provided. (The remaining trees will go to local schools, in an open space location across from the recycling center, and to residents who still wish to receive a free sapling. Enough money was raised to purchase even more free trees!
A big thank you to Roosevelt Middle School principal Mr. Hush, educator Mrs. Bush, the Stevens Family, The Reissig Family, Gregory School principal Mrs. Estupiñan, residents, and our local seniors who’s roots run deep like the trees around us.
We encourage residents to plant native species plants, purchase from responsible growers, and avoid pesticides like Round-Up. Together, we can all grow healthy!
(Additional funds raised will help provide FREE saplings to residents who have lost a tree on their property due to storms, disease, or construction.)
Brings color to your landscape year-round. Green stems turn red in winter, new leaves are red-tinged, turning to green. Fall color is deep red or yellow. Flowers are also red. Fast growing and tolerant of many soils. Grows to 40' to 60', 40' spread.
The tuliptree is beloved for its beauty, with its cup-shaped flowers. It is the tallest of the eastern hardwoods, & a rapid grower when conditions are right. Likes full sun; moist, acid, well-drained soil. Grows to 40' to 100+', 40' spread.
Pyramidal through early maturity, its form turns more oval in older age. Fast-growing, tolerates wet soils, likes full sun. Glossy dark green leaves turn russet, bronze or red. Grows to 60' to 70', 25'-45' spread.
Looking to plant a new tree or plants, or find out what native species are on your property?
OGWO compiled the following list for your convenience!
Ever wonder what the environment is really worth in actual dollars? Dr. Robert Costanza, a world-renowned ecological economist and trans-disciplinary scientist at the Australian National University has been researching this and other critical questions for many years. Join Kim Eierman for her interview with Dr. Costanza and learn what ecosystem services are worth and why ecological economics are key to our survival.
The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Founded in 1985, we have hundreds of members across the state, and are organized into county and regional chapters. Our members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life.
EcoBenefial works to change how we think about & manage our landscapes. With natural areas rapidly diminishing, species declining at historic rates, & climate change dealing new blows to environmental health, our managed landscapes have never been more important. Simple changes in our landscaping practices can make major environmental improvements - no matter the size of the landscape.
Our poor, new trees! In the summer of 2018 our Township hired the lowest bidding contractor to plant 201 trees throughout West Orange, at a cost of $64,000. The Township failed to water the new plantings as agreed to, & the contractor failed to plant the trees properly. The fact that all 201 trees were planted so hastily in the heat of summer, in different areas of the town contributes to poor planning. Please care for trees that are between your property and the street. Contact our Township forester if they need more than what you can offer: Forester@WestOrange.org
West Orange is a unique township.
But West Orange does have a beautiful sign that reads, "Tree City, USA." A sign that has no place in West Orange. Funny how it's the roots of town politicians that run deep, far, and wide, while those of the town's trees are being severed. Join the fight for green and help advocate for those with no voice.