POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough’s Shade Tree Commission has partnered with the Fisher Family Fund to bring more trees to the town at no cost to its residents.
Property owners in Point Pleasant Beach are invited to apply for a free 8- to 12-foot tall street tree for their property, at no cost to them, all in an effort to plant more trees throughout the borough.
The Point Pleasant Beach Shade Tree Commission approached the Fisher Family Fund to support this program, and the fund readily agreed, a news release states.
Steve and Sue Fisher, the couple who saved downtown’s historic Gottlieb building from demolition, launched their foundation earlier this year in an effort to help others in the borough improve Point Pleasant Beach.
The Fisher Family Fund is a $2 million endowment that provides financial support for 501[c] non-profits, schools, and government organizations to support and create a vibrant future in Point Pleasant Beach, while honoring its historical past, the release states.
And because the Shade Tree Commission’s idea aligned with the fund’s mission to support initiatives aimed at enriching the Point Pleasant Beach community, the Fishers were ready to help.
“Sue and I were thrilled to be approached by the Shade Tree Commission,” said Mr. Fisher. “This is a great example of the kind of effort we hoped to encourage when we set up our fund for Point Beach.”
“The fact that we’ve already received 16 applications in just the first three days of our announcement shows the degree to which Point Beach property owners value having additional street trees, and we also certainly believe that more trees make for a more beautiful Point Beach,” he added.
Trees must be planted between the curb and the sidewalk, or in the first 5 to 8 feet from the street, when no sidewalk is present, guidelines state.
Awards will be decided by the Shade Tree Commission and will be based on the merits of the location and the owner’s commitment to water the trees for two years, primarily during the summer, the release states.
Trees will be 8 to 12 feet tall at the time of planting in the fall, and will be professionally planted at no cost to the property owner.
There will be a limit on the number of trees awarded, so property owners are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Residents can apply at https://www.fisherfamilyfund4ppb.org/free-street-trees. For questions or assistance, call Anne at 732-899-6133.
According to the release, the street tree program complements the Shade Tree Commission’s planting of many street trees downtown and along other streets.
The Point Pleasant Beach Shade Tree Commission and the Fisher Family Fund for Point Pleasant Beach are excited about this partnership, as trees will go to property owners who will cherish and care for their tree, the release stated.
“These trees will benefit the owner’s property, enhance their neighborhood, and ultimately beatify Point Beach,” the release states.
“Increasing our shade canopy and greening up Point Pleasant Beach is a big focus for this administration,” said Mayor Paul Kanitra. “Trees reduce noise pollution, reduce soil erosion, create wildlife diversity and help regulate our local climate. Most of all, they just make a town look great.”
“I’m so proud of the Fisher Family Fund for once again stepping up to help us address an area in need of improvement,” the mayor added. “The Shade Tree Commission and its hard-working membership is the perfect partner for the Fund, bringing an unparalleled level of expertise to the table. I can only hope our residents seize on this rare opportunity before it’s too late.”
For more on the Fisher Family Fund, visit fisherfamilyfund4ppb.org/.
For more on the Point Pleasant Beach Shade Tree Commission, visit pointpleasantbeach.org/board-shadetree.php.
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