County celebrates second annual tree planting initiative

Special to The Sun
During the past two years, the Burlington County Bridge Commission has planted over 200 trees throughout the county as part of an initiative to promote sustainability and carbon reduction.

Demonstrating the ongoing commitment to sustainability and reducing Burlington County’s carbon footprint, the Burlington County Bridge Commission celebrated the successful completion of its second annual Tree Planting Initiative.

During the past two years, the Burlington County Bridge Commission has planted over 200 trees throughout Burlington County. These trees play an essential role in supporting local wildlife and the natural environment, preventing erosion, and regulating temperature and moisture.

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This fall, the commission partnered with JMA Landscaping/Popes Garden to plant 100 trees in nine Burlington County municipalities: Bordentown City; Delanco; Florence; Hainesport; Medford; Mount Laurel; Riverton; Westampton; and Willingboro.

In 2022, the commission partnered with Laurel Oak Garden Center to plant 100 trees in Evesham; Maple Shade; Moorestown; and Southampton. The commission also continues to plant trees at their administration buildings in Palmyra and Burlington.

The trees are each approximately five feet tall and include a variety of different native species, including crape myrtles, dogwoods, eastern red cedars, heritage birches, red oaks, river birches and sugar maples.

The Tree Planting Initiative is just one of the ways the commission is working to reduce its environmental impact. The commission also uses energy-efficient lighting and a fleet of hybrid vehicles.

The Bridge Commission also partners with the Burlington County Parks System to jointly manage the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, a 250-acre preserve along the Delaware River. The site was formerly a dumping ground for dredge spoils, but it is now hailed as an “urban oasis” because of its varied habitat and wildlife.

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