Union County, NJ – The distinctive trees of Union County’s Rahway River Park now have a chance to present themselves to visitors, thanks to Union County Master Tree Stewards volunteers.
Earlier this week, the Master Tree Stewards created a “tree trail” in the park by adding new green and white name tags to dozens of trees along a walking trail. These tags are equipped with QR codes that teach visitors important details about each tree.
“On behalf of the Council of Commissioners, I would like to thank our Master Tree Stewards volunteers. Each tree trail provides an enriching and educational experience for visitors and encourages conservation efforts in Union County parks, ”said Chairman of the Council of Commissioners Alexander Mirabella.
The trees were given tags based on their size, age, species, historical significance, or other distinguishing factors. The Master Tree Stewards have already created tree trails in several Union County parks, including:
- Oak Ridge Park in Clark (trails start near the east end of the parking lot)
- Briant Park in Summit
- Cedar Creek in Plainfield
- Echo Lake Park on the mountainside
- Echo Lake Extension (trail begins behind the Municipal Building in Mountainside)
- Lenape Park (the trail is located east along the Kenilworth sea wall)
- Meisel Park in Springfield
- Nomahegan Park in Cranford
- Phil Rizzuto Park in Elizabeth
- Rahway River Park in Rahway
- Sensory trail on the mountainside
- Warinanco Park in Elizabeth
Some of the trees that have been tagged in Rahway River Park are also part of the Rahway Memorial Grove. In 2018, the Union County Office of Veteran Services restored the WWII memorial by replacing missing trees, relocating the stone memorial for better visibility, and adding a new paved area to make the memorial more accessible.
The Master Tree Stewards are a group of volunteers trained in tree conservation. Volunteers primarily teach Union County youth about the importance of trees in our community and participate in other tree-related educational programs.
For more information on joining the Master Tree Stewards program, contact Union County 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at 908-654-9854 (ext. 3) or [email protected]
The Master Tree Stewards program is administered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Union County. Supported in part by the Council of Commissioners with offices in Westfield, the Union County Extension is part of a nationwide public education initiative coordinated by the US Department of Agriculture.
For more information on all extension programs in Union County, visit the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County online at ucnj.org/rce.
More information on all of Union County’s parks, including trails, trails and greenways that illuminate features of local history and geology, is available at ucnj.org/parks-recreation.
For quick links to all of Union County’s environmental programs and volunteer activities, visit The Green Connection at ucnj.org/green-connection.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Testing Center at Kean University, the mobile test unit, information on immunization, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information on COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the public information line, 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form.
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