LA Internship Provides Opportunity to Restore Historic Maplewood Park

A team of Rutgers students installing new plants at Maplewood’s Memorial Park. Photo: Courtesy of Maplewood Matters

A team of Rutgers students installing new plants at Maplewood’s Memorial Park. Photo: Courtesy of Maplewood Matters

Maplewood’s Memorial Park, designed by Olmsted Brothers firm, was in need of sprucing up. The town’s garden club created an internship where SEBS Landscape Architecture students could assist in its restoration. Read more at Rutgers Today.

NJTV News Segment on Helping Struggling Veterans Spotlights Rutgers VETS Program

In the August 28 segment of NJTV News on “Helping Struggling Veterans,” the recently launched Rutgers VETS program was featured (appears at 1:35 in video). This unique program, led by Jan Zientek, senior program coordinator for Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Essex County, and Amy Rowe, environmental and resource management agent, RCE Essex and Passaic counties, offers job training skills in horticulture while focusing on entrepreneurship.
Video: NJTV News: Helping Struggling Veterans

From Tour of Duty to Reaping the Bounty: Green Job Skills and Entrepreneurship the Focus of RCE Program for Veterans

Members and instructors of the Rutgers VETS program.

Members and instructors of the Rutgers V.E.T.S. program.

Unemployed U.S. veterans are often an underserved, vulnerable population that can benefit from job training. Through a partnership coordinated by Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Essex County, unemployed New Jersey veterans have been trained through a green job skills program focused on sustainable landscaping and stormwater management. At the East Orange Veterans Affairs Hospital, veterans were able to learn green job skills as they served as an important workforce for preventing stormwater damage and beautifying hospital grounds. The success of this effort provided a fertile ground for growing a broader program, the Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions Program (Rutgers V.E.T.S.) that encompasses developing these skills within an entrepreneurial framework. [Read more...]

National Moth Week Celebrated in New Jersey

PrintSixteen public events scheduled across the state; hundreds more worldwide

The third annual National Moth Week, a worldwide citizen science project started in New Jersey in 2012, will be celebrated across the state, beginning with an early kickoff “Moth Ball” slated for Friday, July 11, in Bergen County.

Started by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, the creators of National Moth Week are connected to Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Liti Haramaty is a marine sciences researcher at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, David Moskowitz is completing a Ph.D. in Entomology. National Moth Week officially takes place the last full week and two weekends of July. This year’s dates are July 19-27. After its launch in 2012, National Moth Week quickly went global. As of July 2, hundreds of public and private events are registered on the National Moth Week site in all 50 states and 41 countries. [Read more...]

Rutgers Master Gardeners Care for Historic Cherry Trees in Branch Brook Park

Cherry blossom time at Branch Brook Park in Newark, home to the largest collection of flowering cherry trees in the U.S.

Cherry blossom time at Branch Brook Park in Newark, home to the largest collection of flowering cherry trees in the U.S.

Editor’s Note: Two alumni have been instrumental in the care and maintenance of the remarkable cherry tree collection in Essex County. Paul Cowie is a consultant to the Branch Brook Park Alliance. He graduated in 1985 with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Forestry. He cooperates with the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County and their advisor Jan Zientek of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex County. Zientek is himself an alum – a 1982 graduate with a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife Biology. The story of their work is featured here.
 

The emergence of cherry blossoms is renowned in Japanese culture as representing the end of the winter, the beginning of new life and the start of the spring growing season. Throughout Japan, cherry blossom festivals are celebrated under the trees with singing, dancing and elaborate tea ceremonies. While profuse and beautiful, cherry blossoms are relatively short lived. It is said that the Japanese use the example of the short lifespan of the cherry blossoms that vividly burst into life and then proudly whither to symbolically reflect on, and as a metaphor for, their lives. [Read more...]