The Tree Lovers Crew is working to preserve, protect and enhance Jersey City’s tree canopy. Revitalizing neighborhoods and contributing to the health and well being of residents.
The Jersey City Tree Lover’s Crew is a dedicated resident response crew who will help plant, prune and water trees throughout the city. They are the “boots-on-the-ground” volunteers who make the City of Trees initiative possible.
All Summer 2017 the TLC hosted Tree Maintenance Workshops in conjunction with the City’s Arborist and various Gardening Clubs around the City.Our calendar has all of our upcoming events and different ways to get involved. A source of the various practices the TLC enforces is the Volunteer Manual. This workbook is a great tool for reading up on the different types of pruning techniques, how to identify diseased, damaged and dead trees and a reading on various types of technologies cities around the country use to map and track the City’s tree canopy. The Activity Workbook is a great resource for all ages to read and participate in. It is filled with coloring and word activities that enhance education and understanding of tree-related topics and how everyone, young and old, can help their community.
Want to become a part of Jersey City’s Tree Lover’s Crew? Sign-Up today!
Street Tree Planting
How to Care for Jersey City Trees?
Caring for Jersey City trees has become an urgent matter. For years, Jersey City has been losing many more trees than the City has been planting, causing a major deficit in trees for the municipality. Currently, the City has a 17 percent tree canopy which is quite low for a City of our size. Aging urban canopy, neglect during previous administrations, disease, and pest outbreaks, and damage from major storms have been some of the reasons why our City trees are literally dying. Therefore, in an effort to reduce the number of trees that are dying it is important that as residents we learn best practices for caring for our local trees to be able to improve our tree canopy for generations to come.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, you can help keep the City’s local trees in good condition by:
Watering: Tree watering is a key part of tree care and it is difficult to recommend an exact amount due to the varieties of climates. But a few guidelines will help you to water your trees properly.
Pruning: This depends to a large extent on why you prune. Light pruning and the removal of dead wood can be done anytime. Otherwise, here are some guidelines, but recognizing that individual species may differ is important to remember.
Mulching: A newly planted tree’s best friend is mulch. It is very important to remember to mulch your tree after you have planted it.
City Of Trees Curriculum
Part of the City of Trees Initiative is to also educate our community about the importance and value of city trees. Through environmental education, Jersey City residents can gain a more appreciation for the natural world that surrounds them by exploring the environmental issues that are impacting their community, developing their own solutions, and ultimately taking action to improve their urban environment. One of the ways that the City is doing this is through the implementation of the City of Trees Curriculum in Jersey City schools.
The City of Trees Curriculum gives students the opportunity to learn about the history of trees and explores the different types of forests that inhabit our City’s environment. In addition, encourages students to learn more about best practices for maintaining city trees healthy and vibrant, as this is an important ingredient to increasing our Jersey City’s tree canopy. Finally, students have an opportunity to investigate how trees and climate change is interconnected and how increasing our Jersey City tree canopy can help reduce climate change not only in our beautiful City but also the world.
As an educator, you can integrate certain key aspects of this curriculum into your own. For example, our tree mapping technology can be incorporated into any computer or science class (i.e, Environmental Biology and Chemistry Sciences). However, you don’t have to be an environmental science expert to use this material. Other fields such the field of art can certainly utilize this curriculum as a great resource, especially if you are interested in implementing nature photography or drawing in your classes.
For more options about curriculum involvement centered around trees take a look at Project Learning Tree. Project Learning Tree is a great resource for anyone who wants to get involved in environmental education projects. They have tips on recycling and composting, and how to take walks around your own neighborhood and local parks. Tree education can come from anyone at any time of the year.