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AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Plant Trees in Newton’s Memory Park

Wednesday, November 20, 2019



The entire class of 2019-2020 watershed ambassadors came up to Sussex County for a floodplain reforestation training led by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors learned about how to organize a tree planting partnership project in their own watersheds. They received a lesson about proper tree placement and spacing, the importance of tree protection, and how to rally volunteers to assist with the planting effort. Many of the watershed ambassadors will be hosting planting events this spring utilizing funding from The Nature Conservancy’s Roots for Rivers program.

The AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program, is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Monitoring and Standards. The goals of the program are to promote watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement, and to monitor stream health through performing visual and biological assessments.

AmeriCorps is a national service initiative that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, homeland security, and the environment. Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which engages more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year.