POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Thanks to a generous offering by the Fisher Family Fund, Point Pleasant Beach saw 12 new street trees planted last week at various resident homes.
The project was completed with a partnership between the Fund and the borough’s Shade Tree Commission.
According to the commission, with many of the borough’s streets almost devoid of street trees, the Shade Tree Commission approached the Fisher Family Fund to sponsor this free street program for residents as a way to beautify streets and help green-up Point Pleasant Beach.
“Our family is delighted that we could help our town and support our neighbors and the Shade Tree Commission, which does such important work increasing our shade canopy and bringing natural beauty to Point Pleasant Beach,” said Steve Fisher, founder of the Fisher Family Fund.
The program complemented the Shade Tree Commission’s planting projects on Broadway, its Big Beautiful Tree resident buying program and the upcoming state DOT planting on Route 35 South, commission members said.
Between all these programs a little over 60 new trees will have been planted this fall.
“Point Beach is extremely fortunate to have the Fisher Family establish a fund that adds so much to our town,” said commission chair Anne Lightburn. “Their amazing generosity has funded or provided matching funds for so many projects including business district flags; a new school projection system and scholarships; the art, beautification and recreation committee projects and so much more. They are making a very positive and highly visible impact on our town.”
Around thirty residents applied to receive trees, according to Ms. Lightburn. The commission worked on managing the project by selecting optimal sites for the new plantings as well as the appropriate trees and coordinating the plantings.
Sites were chosen by rating the width of the site, presence/absence of other street trees and appropriateness.
Residents who received the granted trees have an obligation to care for and water their trees weekly for two years, April through October, Ms. Lightburn added.
The large trees need watering to reestablish their roots after having been dug out of nursery fields, the commission states.
“As you drive around town, you may notice the green gator bags on the newly planted trees,” said Ms. Lightburn.
In the spring, the Shade Tree Commission will once again sponsor its Big Beautiful Tree program where residents can purchase trees at a very reasonable price that includes: the tree, delivery, professional planting and a guarantee for one year. The commission will release more information when the program is set to open.
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