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) and was 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. In short, the bills allow any public utility to remove trees they deem as dangerous to any electric facility without requiring permission from any commission or agency. The utilities will also be exempt from any penalty or fine.

Senate Sponsors S2505: Steven V. Oroho (District 24) and Paul A. Sarlo (District 36), Co-Sponsored by Teresa Ruiz.

Assembly Sponsors of A2558: Wayne P. DeAngelo, Harold J. Wirths, Parker Space, Co-Sponsored by BettyLou DeCroce.

On December 17, 2018, the Assembly Bill A2558 passed.
Please read this important message from the NJSTF President regarding the Vegetation Management Response Act.

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Murphy Administration Proposes Rules for State's Re-Entry Into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

From NJUCF News

Today, Governor Murphy announced the publication of the State's two RGGI rule proposals in the New Jersey Register. Both rules may impact forestry related actions in the State.

One of the proposed rules establishes the framework for how the state will spend proceeds from RGGI carbon-dioxide allowance auctions, with an emphasis on projects that will benefit disproportionately burdened communities. Forestry projects may be the beneficiary of some of these RGGI proceeds.

The other proposed rule establishes the mechanisms for rejoining RGGI and sets the initial carbon-dioxide cap for the state's electricity generation sector. It also establishes the types of projects outside of the power sector that may qualify to generate offset allowances. Forestry related projects, such as reforestation, improved forest management, and avoided conversion, are currently proposed for inclusion.

To review the proposals and related materials, or register for the public hearings on January 25th, please visit NJDEP's RGGI website at:

Written comments on these rule proposals must be submitted by close of business on Feb. 15, 2019.

Governor Murphy's press release on RGGI is available at:

If you have any questions, email us at

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Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Issued

The NJ Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine for Mercer, Warren and Hunterdon counties to prevent the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly.  Under the quarantine, households and businesses that transport certain outdoor articles must obtain and fill out a checklist before moving any of the listed items.  In addition to the checklist, businesses that routinely travel in and out of the quarantined counties have training requirements with which they must comply.  Some of the items on the list are:

  • tarps
  • cardboard boxes
  • refrigerators/freezers
  • building materials (brick, block)
  • trees, shrubs, plants
  • tractors, trailers

A copy of the full press release, including contact information at the NJ Department of Agriculture for questions, is available at: here.

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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.

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Benefits of Community Trees — Urban Forestry Presentation

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Resilient Urban Trees for the Northeast — Courtesy of Dr. Peter Del Tridici

Click here to download a PDF version of this list.

Street Trees
Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba
Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos
Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua
Pin Oak Quercus palustris
Willow Oak Quercus phellos
Littleleaf Linden Tilia cordata
Lacebark Elm Ulmus parvifolia
Japanese Zelkova Zelkova serrata

Front Yard Trees
Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Redbud Cercis canadensis
Kousa Dogwood Cornus kousa
Winter King Hawthorn Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'
Goldenrain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata
Saucer Magnolia Magnolia x soulangeana
Korean Stewartia Stewartia pseudocamellia
Japanese Tree Lilac Syringa reticulata

Park Trees (large or low-branched)
Yellowwood Cladrastis kentukea
European Beech Fagus sylvatica
Kentucky Coffeetree Gymnocladus dioicus
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
London Plain Tree Platanus x acerifolia
Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor
Scholar Tree Stynolobium (Sophora) japonicum
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum

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