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The Shade Tree Newsletter
Volume 91, Issues 5 & 6
May-June 2018

BULLETIN OF THE NEW JERSEY SHADE TREE FEDERATION
Editor: Richard S. Wolowicz
Executive Director: Donna Massa
ISSN # 0037-3133

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DIRECTOR'S DISCOURSE

By Donna Massa

Plans are currently underway to bring to you the NJ Shade Tree Federation's 93rd Annual Conference. The Conference will be held at The Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill on Thursday and Friday, October 18th - October 19th. The Executive Board has decided to continue with a Thursday/Friday conference.

We are preparing to offer a dynamic program with renowned speakers who will educate, entertain, and engage you. We welcome our guest speakers Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch from the … read more

THE POLITICS OF TREES

By Michael Aaron Rockland

Everybody loves trees. They're beautiful, they provide shade, they can reduce energy bills and they clean the air, taking out poisonous carbon dioxide and emitting fresh oxygen for us to breathe. Everybody loves trees, right? Wrong.

Or so I've discovered serving as a member of the Shade Tree Commission in my New Jersey town. The six-member commission, appointed by our mayor, decides on the planting of street trees, which sit on that strip of grass between the sidewalk and the curb, or if there's no sidewalk, within the first four feet of a lawn.

People think they own that land. They are wrong.… read more


LTE PAGE:  SPRING PLANTING SEASON — SELECT THE RIGHT TREE

Selection of trees for planting in a home landscape depends on the desired effect and the purpose the trees will satisfy in the landscaped, explains Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association.

"Will they attract birds to the area?" she asks, "Shade a patio? Screen an unsightly view? Enhance the appearance of the home? Identify an entrance or exit? Trees should provide contrast and relief from surrounding buildings and create seasonal interest in areas near the home." said Andersen.

TCIA advises homeowners to consider the following factors when selecting a tree: …read more

PRESS RELEASE:  NJDEP CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry celebrated Arbor Day with tree plantings and an awards ceremony in Riverton, spotlighting efforts across the state to grow healthy, safe and resilient urban and community forests.

The ceremony highlighted the Burlington County borough's 30th year as a Tree City USA. It also recognized the commitment by numerous communities and individuals to ensure healthy populations of trees, including efforts to restore trees to the state's urban areas.

"Arbor Day gives us an excellent opportunity to appreciate the trees that clean our water and air, cool our cities, and beautify our communities," DEP Deputy Commissioner, Debbie Mans, said during the ceremony at the borough's Memorial Park. "This celebration ― and all the Earth Week events we've been celebrating across the state this week ― remind us of the iportance of trees to a healthy environment." … read more

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