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Responsibilities & Activities


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 2019 the EC distributed a total of 200 seedlings to residents and school children. The EC thanks those residents who stopped by for a seedling; we sincerely appreciate your efforts to help keep Alpine TREED and GREEN. Since bing designated a "Tree City USA" for the 18th year in a row, Alpine has distributed over 3,600 seedlings, may of which are still thriving in our beautiful environment. This year 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. For the past 7 years the Alpine public school teachers have facilitated artistic expression by students regarding the significance of Arbor Day and this year, emphasis was place on 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.

The next distribution date for seedlings will coincide with Arbor day 2020 and the date will be posted here when scheduled.

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

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 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