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Responsibilities & Activities

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Arbor Day celebration & seedling distribution -
The first Arbor Day was observed on April 10, 1874 as a day to plant trees and to celebrate all that trees do for us:  prevent soil erosion, serve as a wind barrier, and provide shelter and shade, to name a few.  Today, we celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April.  In keeping with tradition, the Environmental Commission (EC) delivers seedlings which are distributed to our children in the Alpine School.  Additionally, the EC members are on hand to distribute seedlings to Alpine residents at Borough Hall in observance of Arbor Day.

Join us for our 2018 Arbor Day Celebration

The next distribution date for our seedling give-away to residents is Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 10am to noon at Borough Hall. Please stop by for your seedling and help to keep Alpine TREED and GREEN. As part of our celebration event, the EC will also plant a seedling in the Church Street Green at the corner of Church Street and Closter Dock Road.

In 2018, Alpine will be designated a "Tree City USA" for the 17th year in a row and will have distributed over 3,400 seedlings, many of which are still thriving in our beautiful natural environment.

Traditionally, our Arbor Day Celebrations feature a poster display of Arbor Day messages created by the Alpine school children. For over 6 years, the Alpine public school teachers have facilitated such expressions by students regarding the significance of Arbor Day. Our sincere thanks to the Alpine school children and staff for their thoughtful and creative participation in our events over the years.

For more information on Arbor Day, visit the Arbor Day Foundation website at: arborday.org

Trees in progress . . .


Photo taken 2010;
Seedling planted 2008

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Get an extra seedling!

If you have received an Arbor Day seedling from the EC in the past and would like to share its progress, send a photo to envcomm@alpinenj.org or bring in a photo on our next distribution day and get an extra seedling for your effort.
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Photo taken 2005;
Seedling planted 1986

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“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”
~Chinese proverb