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Rutgers' New Pink Dogwood Tree Adds Breakthrough Color to the Landscape

Thursday, January 26, 2017

By Andrea Alexander

After decades of breeding, researchers released the Scarlet Fire, the first Asian dogwood of its kind with deep pink color …

Rutgers researchers have developed a hardy, pink dogwood tree that promises to add vibrant color to the landscape in New Jersey and beyond. The new dogwood, called Scarlet Fire, is the answer to a riddle that has eluded plant biologists for decades. It achieves the brilliant color associated with the native Cornus florida species that has been plagued by blight in the hardier Cornus kousa — an Asian species that is resistant to most diseases but lacked some of the color that made the native species so attractive.

Read the full article here.

Scarlet Fire Dogwood

Photo by Tom Molnar

The Scarlet Fire dogwood tree is available for sale through mail order from nurseries.

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.

Towns Can Charge Builders for Cutting Down Trees

Towns can charge builders to replace trees they cut down for developments, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, overturning an appellate ruling. (read article)

Rights of Adjoining Property Owners: Overhanging Tree Branches and Encroaching Tree Roots

Adjoining property owners frequently encounter overhanging branches from a neighbor's tree, hedge or other vegetation. (read blog)

Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act S2503 (A2872)

From New Jersey Legislature - Bills   The Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act was signed by Acting Governor Sweeney, on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at 3:00 pm. The Act takes effect immediately. For a summary of the Bill, go to www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/bills/s3000/2503_F1.PDF. To view the Bill in it's entirety go to www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A3000/2872_R2.pdf.

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