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The Shade Tree Newsletter
Volume 92, Issues 3 & 4
March-April 2019

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

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NJ Community Forestry Corner: NJ Urban and Community Forestry Program Stewardship Grants — 2019

This year the NJ Urban & Community Forestry Program (NJUCF) is taking its applications for Stewardship Grants online. As one of only two programs selected by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to pilot the DEP's transition to an online grant portal, the 2019 NJUCF Stewardship Grants will require applying online using the SAGE system. … read more

2019 State Arbor Day Celebration Announced

Come join the NJ Forest Service, the NJ Community Forestry Council, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, and the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program in Celebrating Arbor Day in NJ: From Seed to Saw. … read more

Status Update on S2505: The Vegetation Management Response Act

On February 7th, 2019, sponsoring Senator P. Sarlo hosted a meeting that included himself, Senator S. Oroho and their respective staffs, interested persons in the utility industry, and representatives of the NJ Shade Tree Federation and the League of Municipalities. The meeting lasted about an hour, during which time the organizations were given the opportunity to express their concerns regarding S2505. … read more

LTE Page: Snow and Woody Plants

"Snow is both friend and foe to trees and shrubs," says Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. "Snow causes its share of damage, as we all know, but in many cases, it also protects plants and their roots against extreme fluctuations in temperature that could damage or even kill them." … read more

Creating Urban Tree Biodiversity Within a Uniform Street Tree Landscape

By Dr. Nina Bassuk
February 1, 2019

Street tree landscapes typically consist of uniform rows of a single species, generally selected for their high branch clearance from the ground, attractive appearance and high tolerance to urban stresses. However, the desire for uniformity, which can be seen in countries all over the world, has created a conflict between the cultural preference for visual uniformity and the practical need for species diversity. … read more

History Teaches Us That Careful Thought Must Go Into Planting Trees

By Brett Bennett • The Conversation • June 27, 2018

The idea that forests increase rainfall is an old idea that has inspired scientists and the public for centuries. Over 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus came to believe that the American tropics had heavy, continuous afternoon rain because of its dense vegetation. … read more


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