Haddonfield New Jersey 08033


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Haddonfield New Jersey 08033
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Boards, Commissions and Committees

Shade Tree Commission

SHADE TREE COMMISSION

Street
Sourwood
Ash Tree

The members are:

Robin Potter, Chair

Marjorie D. Coar
Ann R. Koelling
Harrient G. Monshaw, Corresponding Secretary
Deborah Troiana, Secretary
Jane Elkis Berkowitz, Alt. I

 

WHAT'S NEW

Take the NEW Haddonfield Town Tree Tour

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PROGRAMS

Below are programs available through the Shade Tree Commission:

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INFORMATION

For information on the goals and activities of the Shade Tree Commission:

MISSION

The mission of the Shade Tree Commission is to provide safe town trees while maintaining and preserving all existing borough trees. Unless a tree is unsafe, sick or dying it will not be removed. The community is best served and town budget expenses are reduced by maintaining existing mature trees rather than removing and replacing them without just cause. New trees are chosen for their historical longevity, disease resistance, growth characteristics and beauty. Only the members of the Haddonfield Shade Tree Commission and authorized borough employees may decide whether a borough-owned tree is healthy or still useful to the community.

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Autumn Tree
Elm Tree
Tulip Poplar

FAQ's

For general questions regarding the Shade Tree Commission review the list of Frequently Asked Questions below:

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WHICH TREES ARE OWNED BY THE BOROUGH?  Haddonfield Borough owns, maintains and is responsible for the approximately 9,500 trees planted along the streets and in the public areas of Haddonfield. In almost all cases, homeowners do not own the property between the street and the sidewalk, the so-called "park strip." Trees in the park strip are the property of the borough. There are some streets without curbs and side walks. These streets also have a "Right of Way" owned by the borough, and may have borough-owned trees planted in that Right of Way. The width of the Rights of Way vary throughout the borough. To determine any given Right of Way, consult your property survey or call the Superintendent of Public Works. Haddonfield borough is responsible for the planning, planting, maintenance and removal of all trees in the right of way.

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WHO IS THE SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT FOR BOROUGH TREES? 
The Superintendent of Public Works of Haddonfield is the single point of contact for borough tree issues.


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WHO ARE HADDONFIELD’S SHADE TREE COMMISSIONERS?
Shade tree commissioners are Haddonfield residents who volunteer their time to the preservation and maintenance of Haddonfield’s trees.  They work for and with the borough in the oversight of Shade tree issues.  They act as facilitators for the residents and carry out annual tasks as outlined in the state-approved Haddonfield’s Community Forestry Management Plan, Haddonfield Community Forestry Management Plan (CFMP), 2007-2012 (PDF). They are appointed to the commission by the Mayor. Their terms are for a period of five years. There are five regular members and two alternate members.


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WHEN DOES THE SHADE TREE COMMISSION MEET? The Shade Tree Commission meets at 8:00am on the third Tuesday of the month, with the exception of July and August. There are no regularly scheduled meetings during that month; there will be appropriate public notice if any special meetings are scheduled. The meetings are held in room 102 of the Borough Hall. The public is invited and welcome. Homeowners with questions about shade trees are urged to attend these meetings.


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WHICH TREES ARE REMOVED…WHY?  There are many reasons why trees are removed.  Following is a small sample of reasons: trees that are badly damaged in a storm; trees that are badly diseased; trees that are dead; trees considered dangerous by the Shade Tree Commissioners or authorized borough employees, i.e.: leaning excessively, badly rotted, etc… Only the members of the Haddonfield Shade Tree Commission and authorized borough employees may decide whether a borough-owned tree is healthy or still useful to the community.   If you feel a tree should be considered for removal, please contact the Superintendent of Public Works. Click here to go to Public Works.


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WHICH TREES ARE PRUNED…WHY?  There are many reasons why trees are pruned. Trees that in the opinion of the borough appear be hazardous are pruned. Trees damaged in a storm may be "safety pruned" first and then removed at a later date. Some tree diseases can be abated by pruning; in this case, pruning is a priority to save the tree. Trees with limbs that obstruct walking on the sidewalk are pruned. Haddonfield residents are asked to call the borough if you see a tree needing pruning. Haddonfield residents may not prune borough-owned trees, unless specifically permitted in writing to do so by the Superintendent of Public Works or his designated representative. Click here to go to Public Works.


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WHEN ARE TREES REMOVED OR PRUNED?  Issues of safety are addressed first in both instances. In general trees are pruned in mild weather months while they are leafed out and removed during the winter after the leaves have fallen. To have a tree pruned or removed, contact the Superintendent of Public Works. If the situation is considered dangerous by the borough the work will be accomplished quickly; if not, please allow up to one year for the work to be accomplished.


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WHEN ARE STUMPS REMOVED? Given budgetary constraints, stumps remain until the next year and in some cases, longer. Haddonfield only recently began grinding stumps as part of the shade tree program. Many stumps can not and will not be ground by the borough due to their close proximity to in-ground utilities such as water, sewer and gas pipes.


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WHEN WILL A NEW TREE BE PLANTED? Because of budgetary constraints and the removal of diseased trees, the Borough has not been able to plant trees in the years 2012 and 2013. If you wish the Borough to plant a tree in front of your property in the future, please notify the Superintendent of Public Works. To help continue planting trees, the Shade Tree Commission is sponsoring a Tricentennial Tree Sale which will enable residents to purchase a tree for their property or park strip. See also the Commemorative Tree Donation Program..
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WHERE WILL NEW TREES BE PLANTED?  Many factors go into the placement of new trees. Existing stumps, location of underground utilities such as sewer, water and gas lines, location of above-ground utilities such as electricity and cable lines, proximity to other trees and the size of the park strip affect this decision. Shade Tree Commissioners are tasked to evaluate each street in their territory and make recommendations to the superintendent.


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WHAT TYPE OF TREES WILL BE PLANTED?  Different trees species have different "habits" or growth characteristics. These characteristics are considered before a tree species is chosen for planting. Typically five to six varieties are chosen each year. Bio-diversity, canopy, ability to thrive in difficult growing conditions and the overall beauty of Haddonfield's streetscape are considerations in this decision. List of Tree Varieties Planted by the Borough 2006-2011. (PDF)


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MAY I PLANT A TREE OF MY CHOOSING ON BOROUGH PROPERTY?  It depends. The borough plants and maintains shade trees in order to: create a cooler, more pleasant environment during the summer months, to enhance the economic value of the town’s residences and to increase the beauty and positive reputation of the town. Therefore, only certain tree species, those that are shade trees of proven hardiness will be considered. (List of Tree Varieties Planted by the Borough 2006-2011) To plant a tree on borough property, homeowners must make a request in writing to the Shade Tree Commission and be granted permission prior to any planting on borough property.


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MAY A RESIDENT PAY A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR TO REMOVE OR PRUNE A BOROUGH TREE?  It depends. In all cases the homeowner must make their request in writing to the Superintendent of Public Works. Please contact the Superintendent of Public Works with questions.


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HOW ARE DISPUTES SETTLED?  Should a dispute arise between an individual or entity and the borough regarding shade trees, the following steps will be taken: (1) the homeowner will write a letter to the Haddonfield Shade Tree Commission stating the facts and requesting a hearing at a regularly scheduled Shade Tree Commission meeting. (2) Members of the commission will review the facts at the next scheduled meeting and visit the site if necessary. (3) At a subsequent meeting, the commissioners will discuss the facts, come to consensus and render a decision. The decision of the Haddonfield Shade Tree Commission is a final decision of the Borough of Haddonfield.


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