For Immediate Release - May 21, 2007

Arborists Help Asbury Park NJ Become Arbor Day City 2007

Asbury Park, NJ—May 21, 2007—Despite a cloudy, rainy day, SavATree arborists Tom Armstrong, Steve Schilling, and Jesse Shelton were among 200 volunteers who successfully completed the transformation of Asbury Park in NJ. “We planted over 100 cherry trees at the park with the help of New Jersey Youth Corps,” Tom Armstrong said. “We showed the youths how to properly plant, mulch and care for the trees. It was pretty cool revitalizing Asbury Park.”

The combined efforts of SavATree and volunteers earned Asbury Park NJ the title of New Jersey’s Official 2007 Arbor Day City. The Department of Environment Protection (DEP) also recently announced Asbury Park Environmental Shade Tree Commission (APESTC) as the winner of the prestigious Joyce Kilmer Award. This award honors individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to New Jersey's community forests. The DEP choose the APESTC for its outstanding commitment to managing and caring for community trees.

“This was the first year I volunteered in Asbury Park,” said consulting arborist Jesse Shelton. “It was amazing to see hundreds of trees planted in only four hours. We worked hand in hand with the Youth Corps and the enthusiasm and work ethic was unparalleled. We really lucked out with the rain, it was a little overcast while we were planting and as soon as the last tree was planted it began to rain which was perfect because newly planted trees require lots of water.”

Lisa Simms, Director of the New Jersey Tree Foundations had many grateful words for the volunteers. “Thank you so much for volunteering your time and talents.” Simms commented, “Sunset Lake Park looks beautiful! And it is all because of you. Sunset Lake Park is a jewel in the midst of an urban city, and the trees that you planted will provide beauty and shade for years to come. The New Jersey Tree Foundation greatly appreciates SavATree’s support of Arbor Day 2007.”

Steve Schilling said, “At a tree conference at Rutgers University nearly a year ago, New Jersey tree service officials were asking certified arborists to give a hand in the restoration of Asbury Park. After hearing what was involved and personally knowing Asbury Park, I wanted to get involved and turn it around.”

The New Jersey Youth Corps state wide program designed to help young people (16-25 yrs old) earn their General Education Diploma (GED) while acquiring valuable skills and experience. “They were smarts kids, and they worked hard,” Armstrong added. Steve Schilling, Tom Armstrong and Jesse Shelton have extensive experience caring for tree in the tri-state area including Aberdeen Township NJ, Allenhurst NJ, Fair Haven NJ, Freehold Township NJ, Marlboro Township NJ, Middletown Township and Ambler PA, Hatfield PA, Red Hill PA, Trappe PA, Hatboro PA, Pottstown PA, and West Conshohocken PA.

About SavATree: SavATree proudly provides stewardship for the properties they serve and the environment, promoting a sustainable landscape and the unique relationship between people and their surroundings. This premier tree, shrub and lawn care company has been enhancing and preserving resident, business and community properties for over 20 years. Industry certified arborists provide clients with expertise in arboriculture and green program options to help them maintain a healthy, safe and beautiful landscape. Services include tree pruning, disease diagnosis, tree removals, insect and mite treatments, lawn care and more, with organic program options using Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) listed materials and ingredients allowed by the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s (NOFA) organic land care program. SavATree is one of the few companies to receive the prestigious accreditation of the Tree Care Industry Association. They currently operate in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C. For more information, please contact us.

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