New Jersey Tree Foundation Inc


576 Leesville Road
Jackson, NJ 08527
County: Ocean


Ms. Lisa L. Simms

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General operating support to engage communities in urban forestry activities and stewardship as well as provide transitional, green jobs to parolees.

Organization Background

In 1998, the NJ Tree Foundation hosted a statewide, free tree giveaway program to celebrate Arbor Day. Since then, the NJ Tree Foundation has expanded to include programs that remove concrete and provide large free trees (ten feet tall or taller) to New Jersey residents in cities of need, statewide landscaping and tree planting services, green job training for men under parole supervision, green infrastructure installations, public education about trees, memorial tree planting and maintenance, fruit tree plantings, and special projects based on community need. In 18 years the NJ Tree Foundation has planted more than 204,058 trees across the state and engaged hundreds of thousands of volunteers in the process. The mission of the NJ Tree Foundation demonstrates our dedication to planting trees in New Jersey's most underserved neighborhoods. Through tree planting, volunteerism, and partnerships, we assist numerous communities in improving their environments and quality of life.

The NJ Tree Foundation operates with a very small staff that includes four full time individuals, one part time individual, and four seasonal individuals. Lisa Simms, NJ Tree Foundation Executive Director, oversees all programs and manages program contracts. Ms. Simms has more than 20 years of experience in the urban forestry field. James Cunningham, Urban Forestry Technician, supervises the seasonal staff and conducts year-round tree maintenance and planting. Jessica Franzini, Senior Program Director, manages the South Jersey based Urban Airshed Reforestation and oversees its northern New Jersey sister program. Elena L

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