OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The township Shade Tree and Environmental Commissions held a day of projects, displays, bike safety and ecology to residents at an event held at the Ocean Library, itself a place where service to the community is a prime goal.
It was "GreenFest Day" in the town, a pause in busy weekend activities to learn about nature and the components that are a valuable, critical resources for here and neighboring towns.
The township and its departments hold the environment committed to care for trees, bees and essentials such as oxygen, clean water for human consumption, flood water control, quality of life, a beautiful town, business thriving as an outgrowth of these natural attractions, habitat for animals and birds, sports interest - fishing, golf and walking in cool woods on a warm summer day. A great place to live and raise a family.
At one session for guests in the gallery at the library, it was explained that it takes about 250,000 trips by bees from their hive are needed to gather pollen from Nature's flowers to produce just one pound of natural honey. And to pollinate fruit and veggies for our tables, bees bring the answer. Pollination serves to grow fruit, flowers, veggies and other nature delights.
The benefits trees give is measured by coverage measure, the "tree canopy". It is a necessary asset to the community, and must be protected and preserved. The governing body has provided ordinances to protect this asset. Ocean's canopy has shrunk and needs to be beefed up.
The GreenFest brought out 730 guests. Free tree saplings were distributed, and 270 will be planted by visitors. One man who placed several saplings in his car returned for a few extras, as he thought his neighbors or his "temple members" would have good use for them.
The project partnered with businesses, county groups, the Ocean Library, the Ocean DPW, Ocean police who ran a biking "road test' for youngsters to assure safe travel, a safety first concern and the school groups.
The Middle School science class ran a project for using technology in health practices. The White House in Oakhurst exhibited how every day plastic bags and wrappers could be recycled to improve the environment and make money at the same time.
A Tesla electric car owned by the Whitehouse owner was used to explain how the cars can reduce air and ground pollution. The Ocean Township Garden Club invited young and old to learn about home gardening as a fun hobby and neat way to eat healthy.
The day was one of community volunteers and government members coming together to keep Ocean a "Community of Gracious Living", a great place to live. Mayor Chris Siciliano, a past Environmental Commission volunteer, even made two trips to the GreenFest, showing interest in trees, bees and the Middle School project. It added to the support of all the Council body.