NJ Shade Tree Federation

The William J. Porter Arboriculture Scholarship

To encourage studies and careers in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation is pleased to announce the offer of a scholarship to two recipients who meet the specified criteria.  Read more...

Urban Forest Health Benefits — The Immediate, Measurable Effects of Tree Loss on Human Health

A video released by the US Forest Service.

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To read the article, The Power of Trees, by Paca Thomas and Jeffrey Bloomer, which accompanies this video on Slate.com, click here.

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Benefits of Community Trees — Urban Forestry Presentation

Economic Impact of Urban Forestry in New Jersey


According to the U.S. Forest Service, 80% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas (U.S. Forest Service, 2012.) As the U.S. urban population increases, it is important to conserve green spaces within urban areas, and the influence of urban forest management will undoubtedly increase (Nowak et al. Forest Science.) There are approximately 39 million acres of forest in urban areas in the U.S. (U.S. Forest Service, 2012.) These urban and community forests can serve to revitalize cities and create healthier living environments for citizens.

Download the complete article here.

NJ State Forest Services Community Forestry Program CEUs

The NJ Shade Tree Federation has partnered with the NJ Forest Service's Community Forestry Program to track Community Forestry Program CEUs. Pam Zipse is the new training coordinator. The tracking of the NJ Forest Service's Community Forestry Program Continuing Education Units (CEU) and CORE, for compliance with the New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act, will now be managed by Pam. Please be sure to introduce yourself to Pam at the NJ Shade Tree Federation Conference in Cherry Hill. She looks forward to working with you.

The procedures will remain the same. You can still submit for credits from training programs you have attended or for upcoming events where you would like to secure Community Forestry CEUs in advance. In addition, Pam will help you track your status with the Community Forestry Program, and can help you determine your municipality's or county's individual training needs under the NJ Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act.

If you have any questions about your current status or training needs under the Act, if you need to request CEU credits, or if you would like to report or find a training opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Pam. She can best be reached by e-mail at: njstf.ceu@gmail.com

Training documentation should be mailed to: Community Forestry Continuing Education, P.O. Box 2502, Southampton, NJ 08088-2502.

Legislation Introduced in the State of New Jersey General Assembly Concerning Shade Tree Commissions and Public Utility Companies

The membership of the NJ Shade Tree Federation should be aware of the following legislation that has been introduced in the Assembly:

Introduced January 8, 2013, this Act requires electric public utilities and municipal and county shade tree commissions meet annually concerning vegetation management, and implement vegetation management plans. Read more or download pdf.

Introduced February 7, 2013, this Act requires electric public utilities to undertake vegetation management practices near power lines. Read more or download pdf.

Donna Massa
Executive Director

Mission Statement

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation is a non-profit organization that has been assisting those individuals and agencies entrusted with the selection, planting and care of trees, since 1926.

Our objective is to provide our members with the latest up-to-date information and techniques, as well as other related topics of interest and importance.

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation accomplishes its objectives by bringing knowledgeable experts to the community and publishing informative newsletters. We welcome you to become an active member in the NJSTF.

Our office, conveniently located on the Cook College Campus of Rutgers University, may be contacted for a wide range of information and services.