BYRAM TWP - Did you know that the first official celebration of Arbor Day was observed in 1872 in Nebraska? Since then, millions of trees have been planted and celebrations continue to occur around the world.Byram’s Environmental Commission will distribute free tree seedlings to residents to promote awareness of Arbor Day. Seedlings will be handed out on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. at CO Johnson Field. Residents are encouraged to stop by, pick up a seedling and plant it at home to continue the tradition of planting a tree for Arbor Day. Arbor Day reflects hope for the future. Trees are a symbol of life and provide us with a host of benefits including providing shelter and habitats for wildlife, controls erosion, purifies our air and adds beauty for ourselves and our children. Trees can also help reduce our heating and cooling costs.The mission of Byram’s Environmental Commission is “to protect Byram’s abundant natural resources and work with the Township’s committees and residents to preserve the quality of life and keep Byram Green”. The active Commission sponsors trail clean-up days, reviews planning board applications to ensure potential environmental concerns are addressed and participates in many Township initiatives. Please considering joining the Commission as a volunteer! The Commission has two vacancies and meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall (10 Mansfield Drive). Details on the Commission can be found in the Township’s website (www.byramtwp.org) under Township Offices. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 27, and the Township thanks all for keeping Byram clean and green.