July 21, 2006
FIRST AND FOURTH WARDS TO RECEIVE 500
STREET TREES THIS FALL
RAHWAY — Mayor James Kennedy
announced today that streets and parks in Rahway’s First and
Fourth Wards will be receiving approximately 500 free street
trees this fall as part of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)
Reforestation Program conducted by the
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of
Parks and Forestry.
Crews have already begun to mark out
locations in Rahway for the new trees, and affected property
owners should receive a letter from the Division of Parks and
Forestry shortly on proper tree care.
Last fall the Division of Forestry planted
approximately 75 amelanchier, little leaf linden and Douglas fir
trees along Clark, Stockton and Witherspoon Streets as well as
Howard Field. This fall, city neighborhoods may receive the
following beetle-resistant tree species: littleleaf linden,
gingko (male only), honeylocust, Kentucky coffeetree, scholar
tree, hardy rubber tree, American yellowwood, Turkish filbert,
magnolia, serviceberry, Japanese lilac, white fringetree,
sourwood, Japanese stewartia and amur maackia.
The Asian longhorned beetle was first
reported in the United States in the mid-1990s and in Carteret,
Woodbridge, Linden and Rahway in 2004. It was believed to
arrive here in wooden shipping crates from China, where it is a
native insect. The beetle is capable of causing massive damage
and death to a wide variety of popular North American trees,
including maples, chestnuts, birches and elms. It does not pose
any direct danger to humans or pets. The beetle’s discovery in
Rahway has prompted the removal of 1,800 trees from public and
private property in the city.
“I have received dozens of requests from
Fourth Ward residents requesting trees, and I am pleased to see
that the state will be honoring its obligation to Rahway,” said
Fourth Ward Councilman Dave Brown.
“The hundreds of mature trees that were
felled in the First Ward are surely missed,” said First Ward
Councilman Robert Rachlin. “But this new round of planting will
give us a tree population that is more diverse and will be
enjoyed for generations to come.”
Rahway has been named a “Tree City USA” by
National Arbor Day Foundation for its work in promoting and
maintaining a healthy tree population. Later this fall, other
neighborhoods in Rahway will receive over 150 street trees as
part of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ “Greening
Union County” program.
here for updated information about the Asian Longhorned