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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 

  2021 Shade Tree Commission Virtual Meetings

     Apr 22, 2021 07:30 PM

     May 27, 2021 07:30 PM

     Jun 24, 2021 07:30 PM

     Jul 22, 2021 07:30 PM

     Aug 26, 2021 07:30 PM

     Sep 23, 2021 07:30 PM

     Oct 28, 2021 07:30 PM

     Nov , 2021 07:30 PM

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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.  Tree Removal Permits   must becompleted before any trees are removed in the Borough.

The 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


Regular Member – Vice Chair

Kristy Chmura


Regular Member

   Patrick  Florentino


Regular Member 

Fran Drew


Regular Member 

John Tortorella

05/29/2018 - 12/31/2020

Regular Member – Chair

Colleen Truppo


Regular Member

Dean Wilson


1 st  Alternate

Beverly Klepper


2 nd  Alternate


Term ends 12/31/2021

Minutes Secretary

Liz Holler


Shade Tree Enforcement Officer

Tony Torello

Annual Appointment

Council Liaison

    Karen  Koronkiewicz

Annual Appointment





















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.