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2018 93rd Annual Conference

Thursday-Friday — October 18-19, 2018
Crowne Plaza
Philadelphia-Cherry Hill Hotel
Cherry Hill, NJ

NJ Dept Env Protection and NJ Forest Service

2018 Green Communities Achievement Award Request for Nominations

The New Jersey Green Communities Achievement Award recognizes those nominees whose outstanding efforts have greatly contributed to the field of urban and community forestry in New Jersey. Exemplary work, whether public or private is eligible for the award program.

The Green Communities Awards recognize up to four (4) recipients per year in the following categories:

  • Individual
  • Municipality
  • Business/Tree Care Industry
  • Non-profit/Non-governmental Organization

The criteria for nomination are:

  • Improving the environment in New Jersey's communities through wise management of the trees and forest resources, and the development of a self-sustaining local urban and community forestry program.
  • Raising awareness of the value of urban and community trees and forests in New Jersey through education and outreach.
  • Enhancing the beauty of New Jersey's cities and towns with programs and projects for trees and forests.
  • Providing exceptional effort and meritorious contributions to the field of urban and community forestry in New Jersey.

Please provide a brief nomination narrative providing justification for the nomination based on the categories and criteria described above. Nomination must state the Name, Title, Organization, Address, Email, and Telephone Number of both the nominator and the nominee. Nomination narratives should not exceed two (2) pages in length.

Nominations for the 2018 Green Communities Award are due by 12:00pm, Monday, August 20, 2018.

Nominations must be emailed to Shannon Hart, NJ Urban and Community Forestry Program, Shannon.hart@dep.nj.gov. The subject of the email must state 2018 Green Communities Award Nomination. Questions may be directed to Ms. Hart at the email provided or 609.292.6512.

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The William J. Porter Arboriculture Scholarship

Attention — students, professionals, and volunteers in the industry

To encourage studies and careers in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation is pleased to announce the offer of a scholarship to two recipients who meet the specified criteria.  Download the details here.


Notice to Certified Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators!

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On April 17, 2017, New Jersey Board of Tree Experts' rules were adopted and approved on the New Jersey Register. The Board of Tree Experts can now fully implement the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operator Licensing Act of 2010. This full implementation of the Law and the Rules will directly affect all tree care companies doing business in New Jersey and will affect you as the law permits the transfer of a Certified Tree Expert to a Licensed Tree Expert.

Tree care companies have 60 days from the ruling or until June 16, 2017 to register their business and then have 360 days (until April 12, 2018) or four exam periods, whichever is later, to have at least one licensed individual working full time in the company. Companies must also provide the Board of Tree Experts with documented proof that they have administered proper safety training to their crews, and maintain a minimum amount of insurance and worker's compensation.

The Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) will be able to offer all the services of the Licensed Tree Care Operator (tree pruning, repairing, brush cutting or removal, tree removal, and stump grinding or removal) plus tree establishment, fertilization, cabling and bracing, lightning protection, consulting, diagnosis, and treatment of tree problems or diseases, tree management during site planning and development, and tree assessment.

The law defines several ways an individual can obtain a license, including taking the examinations, by grandfathering in to an LTCO or by submitting a reciprocity application for a sustainably equivalent license or credential. Licensees will have to obtain 32 Continuing Education Credits over two years as part of the Licensing process. The annual NJ Shade Tree Federation Conference can help tree experts obtain required credits.

Current Certified Tree Experts will be transferred to Licensed Tree Experts with a procedure found within the Rules. Please wait until you are notified by the Board of Tree Experts on how to transfer from a CTE to an LTE. That Notification will be provided.

If you have not received your 2016 CTE card, please call the Board office or e-mail the Board at njtreeexperts@gmail.com. You will need a copy of your 2016 CTE card as part of the process.

Visit the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts website njtreeexperts.org to learn how this law could further affect your operations. Find all the information and forms needed to register your business and read the Rules and the Law.

The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts can be reached by:

Phone – 732-534-0982
Fax – 732-534-0983


Pest Alert - Emerald Ash Borer

This Pest Alert was distributed to attendees at last year's conference. Pay particular attention to the websites sited at the end of the Alert. These sites carry a wealth of information about the EAB, it's detection and treatment."

Visit this informative page on the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's website.


Benefits of Community Trees — Urban Forestry Presentation



Mission Statement

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation is a non-profit organization that has been assisting those individuals and agencies entrusted with the selection, planting and care of trees, since 1926.

Our objective is to educate our members by providing the latest up-to-date information and techniques relating to the care and maintenance of shade trees, in order to provide tree-lined streets for future generations.

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation accomplishes its objectives by bringing knowledgeable experts within the tree industry to speak at our annual conferences. Our speakers include nationally recognized scientific professionals, college professors, and tree experts. We also publish a bi-monthly newsletter that contains additional informative articles regarding the care and maintenance of shade trees. We invite you to become an active member in the NJSTF.

Our office, conveniently located on the Cook College Campus of Rutgers University, may be contacted for a wide range of information and services.