In 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated much of the East Coast. New Jersey residents in particular were not able to escape the shocking damage to many of their communities and homes. Recovery efforts continue to rebuild the area, and the people who live there are now calling for help to replenish their community tree canopy that was lost in this destructive storm.
On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy made landfall on the shores of New Jersey. This massive storm damaged more than 340,000 homes and took the lives of 37 individuals. It has been classified as the most severe storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and caused $30 billion in economic losses to businesses. As the citizens of New Jersey rebuild their communities, the Arbor Day Foundation will work to bring back the beauty of the tree line back to this shoreline state.
The New Jersey Community Tree Recovery Campaign is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the New Jersey Division of State Forestry Services. This campaign will focus on providing trees to homeowners and communities who lost their urban canopy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The 2014 planting season of this campaign will provide tens of thousands of seedling trees to those in need, and will pave the way for restoration of New Jersey’s community forests for years to come. With your help, we can restore the delicate tree and shoreline balance that makes New Jersey so unique.
Planting efforts began this spring, with 115,000 trees distributed at 97 separate events in 18 New Jersey counties affected by Hurricane Sandy. However, hundreds of thousands more trees are still needed. Please visit the Community Tree Recovery donation page to find out how you can help to provide trees to the Garden State.