North Wildwood students receive tree seedlings for Arbor Day
North Wildwood students receive tree seedlings for Arbor Day.
NORTH WILDWOOD – The city and Lomax Environmental Consulting Group distributed more than 500 evergreen tree seedlings to students in grades K-8 at Margaret Mace Public School and Cape Trinity Catholic School, marking Arbor Day and giving kids a lesson in the importance of environmental stewardship.
Mayor Patrick Rosenello and Peter Lomax of Lomax Consulting visited science classes at the schools Friday, April 28 to give brief presentations on the benefits of “green infrastructure.” They told students that green infrastructure is a vital component in benefitting the public health with protection of drinking water supplies, mitigating overflows from separate sewer systems, reducing storm water pollution and CO2 emissions, and cooling densely developed neighborhoods.
The planting of more trees will also increase the amount of critical filters for our air and assist in reductions of erosion in unstable areas, they said, as well as increasing soil permeability to facilitate groundwater recharge.
Additionally, when trees are properly planted and maintained, they increase property values with visually appealing curbsides and can reduce energy costs in both excessive heat and cold.
“The City’s most recent adoption of the Community Forestry Management and Vegetation Management Plans solidifies our dedication to providing a healthy and sustainable local ecosystem,” Mayor Patrick Rosenello said.