According to the New Jersey based News Transcript, George Klinger, a well-loved volunteer, township commissioner, and arboriculture enthusiast passed away at home last month.
Klinger, 78, was born in Oradell and was raised on his family’s farm in New Milford, Bergen County. He moved to Freehold Township in 1977.
Klinger was a member for the Freehold Township Shade Tree Commission for 34 years, and was known for his dedication to preserving the municipality’s stock of beautiful trees. Even while dealing with health issues, he managed to have the Freehold Township selected to host the New Jersey State Arbor Day celebration.
Thomas Ritchie, certified arborist and chair of the township’s Shade Tree Commission, noted Klinger’s dedication to arboriculture.
“It was one year in the planning,” Ritchie said, referring to the New Jersey State Arbor Day celebration. “We planted 150 trees at the arboretum that day. We knew how passionate George was about the project. He was well respected in the industry and he left a wonderful legacy in being a dedicated and hardworking volunteer.”
Klinger was a member of the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation, the New Jersey Community Forestry Council, where he was the 2001 recipient of the Joyce Kilmer Award, and the New Jersey Industrial Safety Committee, where he was the 11th Annual Green Community Achievement Award recipient in 2003, according to his obituary.
He was named Volunteer of the Year for the National Arborist Association in 2001 and was a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and a 30-year member of American National Standards Institute, a committee that deals with safety standards for tree care work.
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