TNC Secures $8 Million to Expand Tree Canopy in Newark

TNC Secures  Million to Expand Tree Canopy in Newark

“What greater symbol of Newark’s life and health is there than to plant a tree? And to plant thousands of trees? It says Newark is bursting with life, its people are thriving and our future is rooted in the kindness and care we demonstrate today for our city of tomorrow,” proclaimed Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “I could not be more grateful to the U.S. Forest Service for this monumental grant for expanding our tree canopy. With our intention to design, create and maintain this new green infrastructure with a newly trained workforce, this award will enliven and revitalize not only our landscape, but our residents as well.” 

“This project is much more than trees; it’s an investment in the future of our neighborhoods, community-based organizations and environmental justice,” said Kim Gaddy, Founder and Executive Director of the South Ward Environmental Alliance. “This project brings much-needed support to combat urban heat islands, air quality, and flooding issues that impact all Newarkers.”

“The tree planting effort underscores our coalition’s dedication to shaping a brighter future for Newark,” said Nicole Miller, Chair of the Newark Green Team. “Together, we can address the imminent health concerns affecting our residents such as deadly heat and poor air quality while paving the way for economic opportunities.”

Project partners include South Ward Environmental Alliance, Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark Green Team, Greater Newark Conservancy, NewarkDIG, Trust for Public Land, Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, the City of Newark and Unified Vailsburg Services Organization.