East Windsor Township dedicates restored Lake Etra Park Arboretum supported by Sustainable Jersey Grant – MidJersey.News

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER) – Mayor Janice S. Mironov and members of council joined members of the Environmental Commission and Sustainable Jersey in dedicating the township’s restored arboretum at Etra Lake Park. A Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the PSEG Foundation supported the Arboretum project which included cleaning and access improvements, planting native trees, installing smartphone-accessible identification signs and markings, and preparing maps and informational materials to share with the community and promote the Arboretum.

Mayor Mironov said, “East Windsor is thrilled to open this arboretum located at Lake Etra Park to the public to establish an educational center for students and our entire community. The Township Arboretum will serve as a “living” outdoor museum and educational resource for the community to share information about tree heritage and forest ecology in a hands-on, creative and fun park setting. We look forward to residents using the Arboretum to learn about native trees and their role in local landscaping and planning, and providing and promoting self-guided tour materials to share the Arboretum.

The East Windsor Arboretum is easily accessible in the jewel in East Windsor’s crown, Etra Lake Park, which offers many recreational opportunities including walking and jogging trails and a rich landscape of plant species, birds and wild animals. The Arboretum features 29 native tree species, a mix of newly planted and mature trees, marked with identification tags. Each tree has a smartphone-scannable QR code that provides a link to the description of the tree’s characteristics and origins. The starting point of the Arboretum is designated by a new large sign next to the Park Environmental Center displaying a map and tree locations. Some of the native tree species include: Sweetgum, White Oak, Sassafras, Sycamore, Mulberry, Mockingbird, Sweetbay Magnolia, and Witch Hazel, among the 29 trees featured. An accompanying brochure with a representation of the Arboretum map and tree locations facilitates self-guided tours. The Arboretum provides educational value to the local community and schools.

East Windsor Township has achieved and remains New Jersey’s prestigious Silver Certified Level Sustainable Community and has been a municipality of Tree City USA for 21 years. Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program open to municipalities and schools that want to work collectively toward a more sustainable New Jersey. Working with state agencies, nonprofits, foundations, universities and industry, Sustainable Jersey seeks best practices for what communities could do to contribute to a sustainable future.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and members of council join members of the East Windsor Environmental Commission and Green Team for the dedication of the restored township arboretum at Etra Lake Park. Pictured (left to right) are: Board member Alan Rosenberg; Ronald Balint, Chairman, Environmental Commission and Green Team; council member John Zoller; board member David Russell; Adam Palant, member of the environmental commission; Gary Wroblewski, member of the Environmental Commission; board member Marc Lippman; Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager; Mayor Janice Mironov and Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey.