Volunteers Plant Over 2,000 Trees In Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE – Volunteers from the Elizabethtown Gas Company, Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission, Woodbridge RiverWatch and local environmental organizations gathered at the Pin Oak Forest in the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township Saturday to plant 2,400 tree seedlings.

The planting was part of the continuing effort to reclaim and preserve the 97-acre forest and wetlands area as an environmental resource.

The tree-planting project, funded through a $5,000 grant from Elizabethtown Gas Company and Conservation Resources, Inc., represents a unique carbon sequestration project designed to trap CO2 and reduce greenhouses gases in the forest and surrounding region.

Project volunteers planted 2,400 sweet gum, black gum and red maple trees.  The Pin Oak Forest, a former polluted area that is home to the headwaters of the Woodbridge River, is now a “reclaimed” and nearly pristine open space resource.  The two-acre planting area will be monitored over the next two years to determine how much greenhouse gas is being sequestered by the growing trees.

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