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Dumont Arbor Day Celebration on April 30

APRIL 15, 2011

Lorraine Metz

Dumont Arbor Day Celebration on April 30

Dumont, NJ- Residents of this Bergen County community have been taking initiative in making sure that their town is being environmentally smart. Although small, suburban and at a close proximity to New York City, the people of Dumont are making sure that the town is heavily populated by trees.

The first Dumont Arbor Day Celebration took place in April 2006 when a red oak was planted at the Dixon Homestead Memorial Library. This year, the Dumont Arbor Day Celebration will take place on April 30, 2011 at the Dumont Shade Tree Arboretum on West Shore Avenue between 1 and 3 pm.

All Dumont citizens are invited to come out and celebrate. Festivities include an art, poetry and photography contest where applicants can creatively tell the viewers what they love about trees. All contestants receive a Dumont Arbor Day T-shirt, a certificate and a baby evergreen tree. One winner from each category will receive a prize and all applicants will have their art on exhibit at the town library for a month. Residents may purchase a T-shirt in celebration of the day to help benefit the Dumont Shade Tree Commission.

At the Shade Tree Arboretum, attendees will learn about New Jersey’s watersheds from a Watershed Ambassador and the roles that the trees have in keeping their drinking water clean. Also discussed at this event will be the development projects for 2011. According to, after receiving two grants for tree planting, soils, a flagpole and signage, Dumont will prepare for a number of positive additions to the town including a brick walkway from Madison Ave that will be nestled between trees in an effort to spruce up the more commercial area. There are also plans for a gazebo to be built for the arboretum and the education events it holds, as well as gardening around the town near trees and shrubs as well as the arboretum walk and the parking areas.

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