The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Riverdale, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Riverdale, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:
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Authorities announced the arrests of five men Sunday on felony drug charges that accuse them of illegally selling marijuana and related products from a chain of smoke shops in three New Jersey counties.Undercover Bergen County detectives bought marijuana and THC products from four Dirty Jerzy Supplies locations, and on Friday the six-month investigation culminated in the arrests and search warrants at multiple locations that yielded “hundreds of po...
Authorities announced the arrests of five men Sunday on felony drug charges that accuse them of illegally selling marijuana and related products from a chain of smoke shops in three New Jersey counties.
Undercover Bergen County detectives bought marijuana and THC products from four Dirty Jerzy Supplies locations, and on Friday the six-month investigation culminated in the arrests and search warrants at multiple locations that yielded “hundreds of pounds of marijuana,” THC edibles, wax and oil, and about $305,000 in cash, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said.
One of the arrests was of Dirty Jerzy owners Michael Ligus, 24, of Ringwood and Damien Wesler Sr., 44, of Franklin Lakes, who were pulled over in a Cadillac SUV in which detectives found more than 50 pounds of marijuana. The office alleged they’d been transporting bulk shipments of marijuana from Boston to Bergen County. Multiple vehicles were also impounded in the investigation, the prosecutor’s office said.
The investigation started at the Dirty Jerzy Englewood location, and detectives also made purchases at stores in Butler, Randolph, and Scotch Plains, they said.
As New Jersey lawmakers and leaders adjust marijuana laws in anticipation of a legal, regulated weed market, it is currently illegal to sell marijuana from an unregulated, retail storefront location.
And late last month, Gov. Phil Murphy said the state might delay its self-imposed Feb. 22, 2022 deadline to open up the consumer marijuana market, saying there is still much work to be done, and he’d “rather get it right than get it fast.”
The Bergen prosecutor’s office wrapped a similar investigation in September of last year, arresting four people on charges they were operating an illegal retail weed dispensary in Garfield.
Also arrested Friday were Damian Wesler Jr., 22, of Secaucus, who authorities identified as a Dirty Jerzy operator, Anthony Garcia, 44, of Secaucus, who authorities say held himself out as a Dirty Jerzy owner, and Ezekiel Paulino, 25, of Rutherford, a Dirty Jerzy store clerk.
They each face multiple marijuana possession charges, except for Paulino, who is charged with possession of hashish oil edibles over 5 pounds with intent to distribute. Ligus and Wesler Sr. also face possession of marijuana over 25 pounds with intent to distribute for the drugs in the Cadillac, and Ligus faces a money laundering charge.
Also searched were Ligus’, the Weslers’ and Garcia’s residences, and a Dirty Jerzy warehouse in Fairfield. State authorities said in November they were investigating two Dirty Jerzy locations, in Butler and Randolph, for so-called “gifting” on the marijuana “gray” market.
Dirty Jerzy bills itself on its website as a “one stop smoke shop,” and, “Our main goal since 2017 has been to cater to all our customers needs and supply them with the highest quality products at unbeatable prices.”
They also have locations in Vernon, which is their newest store, and Secaucus. Those locations were not mentioned by the Bergen prosecutor’s office. Dirty Jerzy plans stores in Paterson and Harlem in New York City, its website says.
Nobody answered the phone Sunday evening at the number listed on the company’s website; it says the company is open 24 hours a day.
Ligus, the Weslers and Garcia were initially jailed following their Friday arrests, but each was released Saturday following court appearances, Bergen jail records show. Paulino was issued a summons and released.
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Picture it.You’re driving up to your favorite grocery store. List in hand. Shopping cart full. Everything’s going smoothly. Until you reach the register. It’s early May, New Jersey’s plastic bag ban has started and you were none the wiser.Supermarkets and grocery chains told NJ Advance Media that they’re doing their best to limit that confusion when the time comes. With a number of changes taking effect in about a month, it may be inevitable that customers don’t know everything about what&rsq...
You’re driving up to your favorite grocery store. List in hand. Shopping cart full. Everything’s going smoothly. Until you reach the register. It’s early May, New Jersey’s plastic bag ban has started and you were none the wiser.
Supermarkets and grocery chains told NJ Advance Media that they’re doing their best to limit that confusion when the time comes. With a number of changes taking effect in about a month, it may be inevitable that customers don’t know everything about what’s slated to be the nation’s strictest plastic bag ban. So preparing them for the new rules will be what’s key, store officials said.
New Jersey will ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags and certain types of takeout food containers starting on May 4, 2022.
The ban will prohibit stores, including retail, from selling or providing single-use plastic bags for carry out purchases.
Non-grocery and retail stores — which the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection defines online — can still provide paper bags. Thus, clothing retailers and small bodegas are A-OK to hand over your purchase in a paper bag, or charge you for one.
However, large grocery stores — anything over 2,500 square feet — cannot give out or sell paper bags at the register. Most grocery stores are between 12,000 and 40,000 square feet, according to a trade publication.
New Jersey’s ban doesn’t cover single-use plastic bags that you can purchase. Garbage bags, pet waste bags, and Ziploc-style bags will still be all allowed in the state.
Signs in the parking lot. Reminders from the PA system. Social media posts.
Stores will have an array of strategies at the ready to tell customers that plastic bag ban is coming, remind them it’s days away and, finally, to say it’s arrived.
“Stop & Shop will have communication pieces at our stores beginning (in April) to assist in customer awareness of the statewide bag ban including signage and in-store radio,” said Stop & Shop spokeswoman Stefanie Shuman.
“Additionally, we are working on plans to offer free reusable bags on select days in our stores that coincide with the NJEDA Board’s approved NJ Food Desert Communities. Given the breadth of the state’s Bag Up NJ campaign, and overall focus on sustainability, we believe customers will be well-prepared for the transition,” Shuman added.
Email tips and social media posts reminding shoppers of the ban are also expected, experts told NJ Advance Media.
“We are helping customers prepare for the new statewide law that takes effect in May with in-store signage and reminders to ‘plan for the ban’ and bring reusable bags to shop in-store. ShopRite believes the best bag is a reusable bag and we continue to work to make sure our stores and customers are prepared when the law goes into effect,” said Karen O’Shea, a ShopRite spokeswoman.
Lidl currently sells bags starting at $0.07 per paper bag and $0.10 per plastic, a company spokesman said. However, this will no longer be allowed as of May 4.
“As a company, we encourage customers to bring their reusable bags when they shop,” said Chandler Spivey, a Lidl spokesman. “This is a win for the environment and for our customers because it encourages customers to bring their own bags with them when they shop, and the cost of the bags aren’t factored into the cost of products, which helps to keep our prices lower.”
The New Jersey Food Council, a lobbying group for grocery stores that specifically supported the inclusion of paper bag restrictions into the new law, also provides a downloadable social media toolkit online.
If a major grocery chain were to call up Patrick Hossay and ask him how it could best help customers transition to New Jersey’s single-use plastic bag ban, he’d talk about cars.
“We don’t simply ban internal combustion engines; we provide a better alternative. That’s what electric vehicles are about, a more sustainable alternative,” said Hossay, a Stockton University professor and Chair of Sustainability and Energy Science at the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “It’s getting off the subject a little bit … but it’s about making it as easy as possible for the consumer and with that comes providing a reliable bag alternative.”
Here are some re-usable bags you can buy online:
“Imagine how much prettier roadsides would be without all this garbage on the side of the road, plastic bags are everywhere,” said Kerrie Sendall, an assistant biology professor at Rider University, who is looking forward to New Jersey’s plastic bag ban.
Sendall said besides helping to reduce illegal dumping on roads and in other public areas, the bag ban could help push the state to take further steps to be more sustainable.
But part of that mission will be helping busy people navigate the changes. And basic reminders will go a long way, she said.
“Having someone to remind people as they walk in the store. Say, ‘Hey, do you have reusable bags? If not, you should go grab them because we’re not giving out plastic bags anymore.’ A lot of people have them in their car and they just forget to bring them into the store,” said Sendall.
“That happens to a lot of us,” she said.
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(22/P012) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding 38 grants totaling $1.3 million to promote the stewardship of urban and community trees and forests throughout New Jersey, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. The grants support Governor Phil Murphy’s environmental justice initiatives in vulnerable neighborhoods, with 75 percent of the funds awarded to municipalities with at least one overburdened community.“Urban trees and forests are vitally important for the m...
(22/P012) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding 38 grants totaling $1.3 million to promote the stewardship of urban and community trees and forests throughout New Jersey, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. The grants support Governor Phil Murphy’s environmental justice initiatives in vulnerable neighborhoods, with 75 percent of the funds awarded to municipalities with at least one overburdened community.
“Urban trees and forests are vitally important for the many benefits they provide to clean our air and water, and to provide cool shade from increasingly warm temperatures,” Commissioner LaTourette said. “Trees are also part of our daily lives. They uplift people, beautify neighborhoods, stand witness to important moments and improve communities.”
Funding for the 2021 grants comes from the “Treasure Our Trees” state license plate sales and the New Jersey Forest Service No Net Loss Compensatory Reforestation Program. The importance and value of trees and forests is being marked worldwide today, the International Day of Forests. The United Nations General Assembly created the day 10 years ago to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of all types of forests.
“Advancing tree equity in New Jersey’s overburdened communities gives us the opportunity to address the three pillars of thriving communities: social, environmental and economic vitality,” said Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Justice and Equity Olivia Glenn. “From greenhouse gases to urban heat island
effect, lack of tree canopy can compromise social, environmental and economic quality of life for some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.”
Resilience planning grants help communities assess their current urban forest and provide critical data about the forest’s structure and composition. This data may then be used to better inform forest management decisions to maximize ecological benefits and create a sustainable urban forest.
Reforestation and tree planting grants ensure the growth and establishment of trees and forests that best suit the needs and goals of their communities. Municipalities receiving 2021 grants in this category use funding to increase their urban canopy, increase the ecological services of their urban and community forest, and provide a cooler place to live.
“Urban and Community Forestry grants are important for bringing trees to communities that are lacking in urban tree canopy, and equally important for ensuring that the existing urban trees and forests are maintained for the future,” said John Cecil, Director of the Division of Parks and Forestry.
Resiliency planning grants totaling $925,374 are awarded to:
Bergen County: Closter, $30,000; Dumont, $34,100; Maywood, $32,000; Oakland, $21,797; Oradell, $25,700; Rutherford, $50,000; Garfield, $49,200; Glen Rock, $35,500
Burlington County: Maple Shade, $10,987; Riverton Shade Tree Board, $28,400
Cape May County: Wildwood Crest, $50,000
Essex County: West Orange, $50,000
Hudson County: Jersey City, $50,000
Mercer County: East Windsor, $10,000; Hamilton Township, $50,000; Lawrence Township, $10,500; Mercer County Park Commission, $50,000
Monmouth County: Belmar, $9,800; Roosevelt, $8,515; Bradley Beach Shade Tree Commission, $15,000; Ocean Township Shade Tree Commission, $50,000
Morris County: Riverdale, $22,000; Morristown, $31,000
Ocean County: Jackson Township Shade Tree Commission, $20,000
Passaic County: Totowa, $25,000; County of Passaic, $13,500
Somerset County: Bound Brook, $30,000
Union County: Rahway, $42,375; Summit, $50,000
Warren County: Washington Borough Shade Tree Commission, $20,000
Reforestation and tree planting grants totaling $382,624 are awarded to:
Atlantic County: City of Egg Harbor, $30,000
Bergen County: River Edge Shade Tree Commission, $66,000
Burlington County: Delanco Township Shade Tree Commission, $80,000
Cape May County: West cape May Shade Tree Commission, $42,300
Middlesex County: Dunellen Shade Tree Commission, $50,499
Mercer County: Pennington, $10,000
Monmouth County: Freehold, $52,250; Spring Lake Shade Tree Committee, $51,575 “With proper care, trees in community and urban settings can be healthy and live long lives,” said State Forester John Sacco. “The New Jersey Urban and Community Forestry program provides the financial and technical assistance communities need to properly manage and care for urban and community trees and forests.”
Currently, 250 municipalities and counties across New Jersey have management plans for trees and forests approved by the New Jersey Forest Service, 150 of which are fully accredited with the Urban and Community Forestry Program.
Awarding stewardship grants in two categories since 2000, the New Jersey Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program provides financial assistance for projects on municipal or county property for resilience planning initiatives, and for reforestation and tree planting initiatives. The grant program is competitive.
For more information about the New Jersey Urban and Community Forestry Program, visit www.communityforestry.nj.gov.
To view a video about the International Day of Forests and the Community and Urban Forestry grants, visit https://youtu.be/WUX5wM4XlXw.
Like the New Jersey Forest Service on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests
For more information on how to purchase the Treasure Our Trees commercial or passenger vehicle license plate, which funds the New Jersey Urban and Community Forestry grants, visit https://nj.gov/mvc/vehicles/treasure.htm.
For more about Urban and Community Forestry Stewardship grants and related programs, visit www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/forest/urbanandcommunity/grants.html.
Follow Commissioner LaTourette on Twitter and Instagram @shawnlatur and follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP, Facebook @newjerseydep, Instagram @nj.dep and LinkedIn @newjerseydep
As weird as it may sound, Olympic fencer Jackie Dubrovich did not start off enjoying the sport of fencing. Raised in Riverdale, NJ, Dubrovich began as a dancer. It took analyzing her older cousin (who was a great fencer in his own right) for Dubrovich to even attempt a sport in which she felt uncomfortable in trying.At first, Dubrovich did not like practicing fencing. Frustration in trying another sport took over her consciousness, which is human nature. But one thing that separates Dubrovich from other fencers is her competitiveness ...
As weird as it may sound, Olympic fencer Jackie Dubrovich did not start off enjoying the sport of fencing. Raised in Riverdale, NJ, Dubrovich began as a dancer. It took analyzing her older cousin (who was a great fencer in his own right) for Dubrovich to even attempt a sport in which she felt uncomfortable in trying.
At first, Dubrovich did not like practicing fencing. Frustration in trying another sport took over her consciousness, which is human nature. But one thing that separates Dubrovich from other fencers is her competitiveness and her willingness to get better. Studying the likes of all-time great Italian fencer Valentina Vezzali allowed Dubrovich to perfect her footwork and her striking ability to become what we know her now as an accomplished Columbia graduate and an Olympic athlete.
In order for Dubrovich to maintain her top level of skill, there is a specific amount of work that needs to be put in on a daily basis. This is certainly not easy for Dubrovich, as she holds more responsibility than just fencing.
“Even though I put in countless hours for my craft, I also have to apply my focus to my other job. So it is like I have to maintain an extra amount of focus just to get through each day,” Dubrovich expressed.
In regard to her fencing training, Dubrovich works hard, but also very efficiently. She understands that as she gets older, it is important to learn the little things so that her arsenal of moves can sharpen as she faces the best athletes in the world on a daily basis.
“When I go to train in Maplewood, NJ, I usually work on my strength and conditioning, as well as my footwork. For any athlete, having a strong and healthy body is important to be able to move at a speed you are most comfortable with. For my footwork, I need to be able to move my feet well, so I can be able to not only win a match, but to be able to control the pace of the match. With good footwork, things like that can come much easier.”
While being a great athlete, Dubrovich is highly intelligent when it comes to both fencing and her body. The reason why she is able to know so much is because of her preparation during practice hours to get ready for competitions.
“Me and my team take much pride in studying. After we finish hard days of training, we always take a look at various videos of ourselves and analyze each other to see what we need to work on more. It is impossible to get better if you do not point out your weaknesses, and my job is to limit my weaknesses as much as possible.”
To be able to understand Dubrovich’s daily responsibilities as both an athlete and person is something we can add to our own lives. Dubrovich’s mindset on perfecting her craft is very inspiring and young men and women should look to her as an inspiration. Because as I had the honor of interviewing her, that’s how I view her.
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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection awarded grants to municipalities across the state in an effort to add trees in urban areas and study local communities that need them.The state awarded 38 grants as part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s environmental justice initiatives in vulnerable neighborhoods. Of the funds, 75% was awarded to counties with at least one overburdened community."Urban trees and forests are vitally important for the many benefits they provide to clean our air and water and to...
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection awarded grants to municipalities across the state in an effort to add trees in urban areas and study local communities that need them.
The state awarded 38 grants as part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s environmental justice initiatives in vulnerable neighborhoods. Of the funds, 75% was awarded to counties with at least one overburdened community.
"Urban trees and forests are vitally important for the many benefits they provide to clean our air and water and to provide cool shade from increasingly warm temperatures,” state DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said.
Through the New Jersey Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, the funds were awarded as resilience planning and reforestation and tree planting grants to help communities identify the forestry needs in their area and plant and grow trees. More than $300,000 in grant funding was awarded to towns across North Jersey.
In Morris County, Riverdale was awarded $22,000 and Morristown $31,000 in resilience planning grants. In Bergen County, eight towns were awarded resiliency planning grants including Rutherford, which received $50,000, Garfield, which received $49,200 and Glen Rock, which received $35,500.
The River Edge Shade Tree Commission also received $66,000 as part of the reforestation and tree planting grant.
"With proper care, trees in the community and urban settings can be healthy and live long lives,” said State Forester John Sacco. “The New Jersey Urban and Community Forestry Program provides the financial and technical assistance communities need to properly manage and care for urban and community trees and forests."
Currently, 250 municipalities and counties across New Jersey have management plans for trees and forests approved by the New Jersey Forest Service, 150 of which are fully accredited with the Urban and Community Forestry Program. In total, the state awarded $925,374 in resiliency planning grants and $382,624 in reforestation and tree planting grants.
In 2021, Morristown agreed to match 20% of the total cost of its Community Forestry Management Plan totaling $38,750. The town committed to matching $7,750. Its plan includes the hiring of a contractor to produce an inventory of all of the town's trees, software to house the inventory, maintenance and education for the town's tree crew and the Shade Tree Commission members about the work being completed.
"Advancing tree equity in New Jersey’s overburdened communities gives us the opportunity to address the three pillars of thriving communities: social, environmental and economic vitality,” said state Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Justice and Equity Olivia Glenn.
Morris County is also working on its own plan to save trees through the Open Space Trust Fund. Applications for the 2022 program launched last week. According to county spokesperson Brian Murray, the program has preserved 17,682 acres since 1994, using $293 million generated by a preservation tax Morris County voters approved in November 1992.
Last year, the Morris County Board of County Commissioners approved recommendations by the county's Open Space Trust Fund Committee to award $1.3 million in preservation grants for four open space projects, totaling 43 acres located in four Morris County towns. The program is available only to Morris County towns and qualified charitable conservancies.
The New Jersey Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program provides financial assistance for projects on municipal or county property for resilience planning initiatives, and for reforestation and tree planting initiatives. A full list of the town's awarded grants can be found below:
Cape May County:
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