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The Shade Tree Newsletter
Volume 91, Issues 11 & 12
November-December 2018

Editor: Richard S. Wolowicz
Executive Director: Donna Massa
ISSN # 0037-3133

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The Executive Board and Directors of the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation wish to thank everyone for their support over the past year. Best Wishes are being extended for a Happy Holiday Season.
May the New Year be healthy, happy and prosperous to each and every one of you!

2018 Index

Find quick links to The Shade Tree articles from the entire year.

LTE Page: Educating the Public About Trees and Storm Events

With recent storms, many people are noticing a real lack of understanding by the public on how to prepare trees in communities for a storm event. Many times, residents who had a tree fail in a storm don't understand the reason why, or how they could have mitigated the problem and may not know what to do next. Noticing this void, groups like the Arbor Day Foundation have made “Storm Recover Kits” for communities to educate the public.… read more

Trees Have a “Heartbeat,” Scientists Discover

Return to Now, April 29, 2018

Researchers discover trees have a “heartbeat,” it's just so slow we've never noticed before. Until now, scientists thught water moved through trees by osmosis, in a somewhat continuous manner.… read more

Thanks to Our Sponsors

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation wishes to recognize and to thank our Sponsors who have contributed to the financial success of our 93rd Annual Meeting.… read more

Vegetation Management Response Act

For the sake of the dissemination of public knowledge, the following information is being presented to our readers.

There are two identical bills, S2505 (was due for a Senate vote) and A2558 (came out of Telecommunications & Utilities Committee) which were referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. It would be prudent to become familiar with these bills, as there are changes to the way shade tree commissions and the Community Forestry Council operate.… read more

Troubling Urban Tree Declines

National Wildlife, October-November 2018

To assess changes in tree cover in the nation's cities and towns (including New York City, right), U.S. Forest Service (USFA) researchers recently examined aerial imagery taken between 2009 and 2014. What they found was disturbing. Each year during that period, the country's metropolitan areas lost an average of 36 million trees — losses that have serious implicatons for people and wildlife. “Urban forests are a vital part of the nation's landscape,” the researchers report in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.… read more

Reporting on the EAB Roundtable Discussion

By Pam Zipse, Outreach Coordinator, Rutgers Urban Forestry Program

As you may or may not have realized, the Shade Tree conference had a new addition this year — a roundtable discussion on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) held on Thursday night from 5:30-6:30 in the General Session room. This was an informal group discussion facilitated by Dr. Grabosky of the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program (and NJ Shade Tree Federation Board President) encompassing anything that anyone wanted to talk about regarding EAB. We had a respectable turnout for a new initiative, with about 20 peole participating and we heard stories of struggle and success from municipal representatives in many stages of EAB preparedness and response.

NJSTF Officers and Directors 2018-2019

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation held its 91st Annual Business Meeting on November 30, 2016. It was held at Rutgers University, in Blake Hall on the Cook Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At that meeting, the annual election of officers was held. … read more

William J. Porter Award of Appreciation

Each year the NJ Shade Tree Federation awards the William J. Porter Award of Appreciation to an individual who has given much of his/her time to support the mission of the Federation. This year's recipient is Robert Laskoski.

Bob was active with the Milltown Shade Tree Commission and became involved with the NJ Shade Tree Federation as his wife, Clare, worked for the organaization. Clare retired but they both continued to volunteer their time. During the hectic time before and after the Annual Meetings, Bob was always there lending an extra hand whenever needed.

Bob Laskoski works hard for the industry and usually stays in the background with little accolades. He has spent countless hours carrying and transporting gear to and from the Annual Meeting locations. He has also run the lights and coordinated the AV needs during the sessions.

The Board of Directors of the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation recognizes Bob's endless efforts with this year's presentation of the William J. Porter Award of Appreciation.


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