The Perfect Gift!
A Program to Re-introduce Native Trees to the Local Environment
The Washington Township Land Trust is sponsoring a program to re-introduce native trees into the local environment. Currently our planting site is the Land Trust’s Mill Pond Park, situated along the South Branch of the Raritan River in Long Valley. This park adjoins the Columbia Trail and is easily accessible behind Toll Brothers Regency on Fairview Avenue (formerly Welsh Farms.)
We have already planted PawPaw trees along Frying Pan Tree Trail and Persimmon trees await transplanting from our “plant nursery” within the park. Our next tree of choice is the Sweet Gum tree Liquidambar styraciflua, often planted as a shade tree because of the brilliant fall coloring of its star-shaped foliage. It is a straight growing tree reaching heights of 80 to 120 ft. and prefers low, moist habitat which is perfect for our park. Seeds are released from ball shaped fruit and provide a good source of food for birds.
Sponsoring a tree is the perfect gift for friends and family who have everything. Recipients of the gift will be listed in our Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill on East Mill Road in downtown Long Valley. A certificate will be sent to the donor to present to the recipient. To sponsor a tree for yourself or as a gift, we request a donation of $35. The trees will be planted in appropriate locations throughout the WTLT park.
Please help us “Go Native” and consider sponsoring or gifting a Sweet Gum tree. A check can be mailed to the Washington Township Land Trust at P.O. Box 4, Long Valley, NJ 07853, with your name, address and the gift recipient’s name or you may also use the donation section of our membership/donation form. For more information, please contact Chris Steffan by e-mail at email@example.com.
First Pawpaw tree is planted in Mill Pond Park, Sunday July 12, 2009