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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 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.

In the interest of public safety, our traditional Arbor day activities have not been scheduled for 2020 in an effort to curb potential community spread of the coronavirus.

Alpine has been designated a "Tree City USA" every year since 2001 and has since distributed over 3,800 seedlings, many of which are still thriving in our beautiful environment. Since 2011, the Alpine public school teachers have facilitated artistic expression by students regarding the significance of Arbor Day. In 2019, our Arbor Day Celebration event was enhanced by the Alpine School children, in kindergarten thru 4th grade, who created posters portraying the theme
Trees Are Thirsty to emphasis the importance of trees in regard to storm water management. Our sincere thanks to the Alpine school children and staff for their thoughtful and creative e 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