Nominate Big Trees for Ocean County’s Official List



TREE HUGGERS: Ocean County Commissioner Virginia E. Haines, liaison to the Ocean County Section of Parks and Recreation, functions with Michael Mangum, director of the Ocean County Office of Parks and Recreation, to measure the circumference of the sweet gum tree at Mott Place in downtown Toms River for the Ocean County Huge Tree Registry. (Equipped Photo)
The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Ocean County Shade Tree Fee, is inquiring citizens to nominate substantial trees for a Huge Tree Registry, a compilation of the biggest native and naturalized tree species in the county.
The sweet gum tree (Liquidamber styraciflua) at Mott Location in downtown Toms River is now on Ocean County’s formal list of Huge Trees: 70 feet tall with a 10-foot circumference and 68-foot crown unfold. The trunk was measured by County Parks Section Director Mike Mangum and Ocean County Commissioner Virginia E. Haines.
“This tree is most likely 100 several years previous if not older,” Haines reported. “We have massive trees gracing lands across this county. We want to know about them in purchase to maintain and safeguard them.
“Big trees perform an crucial position in the wellness of our ecosystem and, in the long run, our wellbeing,” she stated.
Ocean County introduced the Major Tree Registry as a way to acknowledge the trees’ environmental and historic price and the have to have to preserve them for upcoming generations. Trees that have historical benefit are also referred to as Heritage or Witness trees.
To nominate a large tree, stop by the Ocean County Parks Facebook web page @OceanCountyParks or oceancountyparks.org to obtain the essential kinds, as perfectly as recommendations for how to measure the tree.
Big trees benefit the atmosphere by eradicating tons of pollution from the air, such as greenhouse gases this sort of as carbon dioxide, therefore combating worldwide warming protecting against water runoff, erosion and h2o pollution stopping flooding giving wildlife habitats and filtering floor water with their roots by absorbing vitamins and harmful toxins.
Haines and Mangum stand with one of the huge trees on the Registry, a sweet gum positioned at Mott Put in Toms River, with a circumference of virtually 10 ft, a height of 70 feet a 68-foot crown distribute. (Supplied Photograph)
“Big trees deliver up to 600 moments the environmental gains of standard trees,” in accordance to Haines, who serves as chair to the Division of Parks and Recreation and liaison to the Shade Tree Commission. “It is critical that these trees are documented to preserve them from becoming taken off.
“The only way for these trees to certainly explain to their tale is for us to preserve and appreciate them for the benefit and enjoyment they deliver to the county,” she said.
Board of Commissioners Director Gary Quinn noted the Office of Parks and Recreation has constantly prioritized educating people on appropriate conservation. “With the enable of our inhabitants, we can proceed our ongoing conservation efforts and make guaranteed our trees are secured.”
Due to the fact the 1930s, Ocean County has been section of the New Jersey Forest Provider, the company that oversees the state’s Massive Tree Conservation Program and retains a history of the major trees in the state. On the NJFS Large Tree Registry, Ocean County has 23 trees mentioned – numerous positioned on the grounds of Georgian Court docket College in Lakewood Township.
For much more info on the Huge Tree Registry, call the Parks and Rec administration business office at 732-506-9090, extension 5941 or email bigtreelist@co.ocean.nj.us.  —V.F.

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