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Shade Tree Commission

The Chatham Borough Shade Tree Commission was established in 1909.  The Shade Tree Commission’s responsibilities include planting and maintaining trees along Borough streets, public rights-of ways, and municipal open spaces. 

It is the goal of the Shade Tree Commission to create and maintain optimum tree cover and species diversity, while keeping up a pruning and removal program that will keep our streets and parks safe.

The Shade Tree Commission doesn’t just plant new trees – we take care of our existing trees too, and sometimes that means removing a tree that is diseased or considered a hazard. Maybe you’ve seen a tree being taken down on your street or in your neighborhood, or want to know why some trees are being pruned. Or maybe you have a suggestion of where you’d like to see us plant more trees!  Email us at  ShadeTree@ChathamBorough.org  with your questions.


The Shade Tree Commission meets monthly on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm in Borough Hall.


Tree Protection Ordinance  

Chatham Borough has a Tree Protection and Preservation Ordinance, which extends to trees on private property.  A permit is required to cut down any tree over 6 inches in diameter. Permits may be obtained from the Department of Community Services. A permit fee is related to the number of trees to be removed. The fee may be waived by the Borough's Tree Enforcement if it is determined that the tree is dead or poses a hazard. 

Th e preservation, maintenance, protection and planting of trees aids in the stabilization of soil by the prevention of erosion and sedimentation; reduces storm water runoff and the potential damage it may create; aids in the removal of pollutants from the air and assists in the generation of oxygen; provides a buffer and screen against noise and pollution; provides protection against severe weather, aids in the control of drainage and restoration of denuded soil subsequent to construction or grading; provides a habitat for birds and other wildlife and otherwise enhances the environment; protects and increases property values; preserves and enhances the Borough’s physical and aesthetic appearance, and generally promotes the public health and welfare. The regulations contained herein are designed to maintain such beneficial impacts while not interfering with the right of the Borough property owner appropriately to preserve, protect and remove trees.

Tree City, U.S.A. 

Chatham Borough has been designated a Tree City USA community  since May 2001. This designation is earned by communities across our nation that have enacted a tree ordinance, established Shade Tree Commission that follows a comprehensive urban forestry program, and promotes the awareness of the value and importance of tree with an annual Arbor Day celebration.

Shade Tree Commission Members

The commission is made up of seven (7) Regular Members and two (2) Alternate Members who are appointed by the mayor and serve a 5-year term. 

Regular Member

Kenneth Chmura

01/01/2018-12/31/2022

Regular Member – Vice Chair

Kristy Chmura

01/01/2018-12/31/2022

Regular Member

Kenneth S. Fekete

01/01/2014-12/31/2018

Regular Member

Fran Drew

01/01/2015-12/31/2019

Regular Member

John Tortorella

05/29/2018 - 12/31/2020

Regular Member – Chair

Colleen Truppo

01/01/2016-12/31/2020

Regular Member

Dean Wilson

01/01/2017-12/31/2021

1 st Alternate

VACANT

Term ends 12/31/2022

2 nd Alternate

VACANT

Term ends 12/31/2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show your support for trees with a purchase of a Treasure Our Trees license plate from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission. Go to: http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/forest/community/plate.html

Proceeds from the Treasure Our Trees license plates help fund tree planting projects in communities across New Jersey. The one-time fee and yearly renewal are tax deductible.