NJ Shade Tree Federation

91st Annual Conference!

We are preparing to offer a dynamic program this year with renowned speakers who will educate, entertain, and engage you. We welcome our guest speakers Dr. Cliff Sadof, Professor and Extension Specialist from Purdue University, Dr. Bruce Fraedrich, Plant Pathologist from Bartlett Tree Experts, Dr. John Ball, Professor from South Dakota State University, Dr. James Clark, Vice-President of HortScience, Pleasanton, California, and our very own Dr. Jason Grabosky of Rutgers University. We also welcome Rosa Yoo, from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, State Forestry Service, and John Parry, from the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Northeast Area. There will certainly be a plethora of individuals with a multitude of talent to share.

Our program includes continued discussions on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and using tools like the Purdue Tree Doctor and the Emerald Ash Borer Cost Calculator to make decisions on how to use the most effective insecticides. We'll talk about the risk of removing dead ash trees, in particular and other trees in general and we will fill you in on the latest update with regard to EAB in New Jersey. We will also discuss tree pruning with an emphasis on the A-300 Standard Update and address trees and electrical hazards. We will continue to educate you on the environmental benefits of trees and we will introduce you to the Urban Forest Strike Team. We will hear from the NJ utilities group as they help us to understand BPU line clearance. We will also hear from Dr. Grabosky who will help us to develop a plan to work in unison so that trees and electrical lines can co-exist. An amazing program delivered by very well known, knowledgeable, experienced speakers! You'll receive pertinent information from experts in the field.

If you haven't joined us in the past, you are missing out. Make it a point to experience the conference. You won't be disappointed!

Some documents to download for reference:

General Session Schedule
Core Session Schedule
Inventory Training and i-Tree Schedule
Continuing Education Units

Don't forget to register for the event!
Download Reservation Details for Bally's Hotel & Casino and the Registration Form.

91st Annual Conference Dinner
Ocean Ballroom
October 29, 2016

We invite you to join us at the 91st Annual Conference Dinner of the
NJ Shade Tree Federation!
Enjoy entertainment by Carnaby Street and participate in a chance to
win over 20 door prizes donated by our friends and exhibitors!


The William J. Porter Arboriculture Scholarship

To encourage studies and careers in Arboriculture & 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.  Read more...

Assembly Bill 2242

Assembly Bill 2242 (DeAngelo (D-14)) "Vegetation Management Response Act" is going to committee (Telecommunications and Utilities) on Monday, February 22, 2016.

This bill proposes to directly amend the Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act which established the Council and upon which the Community Forestry Program is built as well as the law pertaining to the powers and duties of municipal and county shade tree commissions.

The primary sponsor is Wayne DeAngelo (R) of District 14 the committee chair. The co-sponsor is the committee co-chair, Benjie Wimberly (D) Paterson. The full list of committee members below should you choose to provide comment directly to the Telecommunications and Utilities committee members .

Telecommunications and Utilities (Group A)

DeAngelo, Wayne P., Chair — District 14 view votes
Wimberly, Benjie E., Vice-Chair — District 35 view votes
Egan, Joseph V. — District 17 view votes
Houghtaling, Eric — District 11 view votes
Phoebus, Gail — District 24 view votes
Pintor Marin, Eliana — District 29 view votes
Rumpf, Brian E. — District 9 view votes
Zwicker, Andrew — District 16 view votes

Download the proposed bill and the existing legislation that would be impacted.

Monday, February 22, 2016

*Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Meeting 10:00 AM Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ Chair: Asm. DeAngelo, Wayne P.

The Committee will hear testimony from invited representatives of electric public utilities regarding the utilities' preparation and response to Winter Storm Jonas.

A184 [Caputo, Ralph R./Gusciora, Reed+4], Telephone companies - clarify bus prop tax

A2242 [DeAngelo, Wayne P.+1], Vegetation Mgmt. Response Act

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.

Download the Pest Alert information sheet from the NJDEP State Forestry Services.

Urban Forest Health Benefits — The Immediate, Measurable Effects of Tree Loss on Human Health

A video released by the US Forest Service.

This video might not work properly in most recent versions of Internet Explorer, but can be viewed in Firefox, Chrome and other browsers.

To read the article, The Power of Trees, by Paca Thomas and Jeffrey Bloomer, which accompanies this video on Slate.com, click here.

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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.