NJ Shade Tree Federation

94th Annual Conference

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the very best for the year ahead!

Be sure to save the date for this year's NJ Shade Tree Federation 94th Annual Conference! The Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill is unavailable to us in 2019 so we are heading to Harrah's Resort & Conference Center in Atlantic City and I THINK YOU ARE GONNA LOVE IT!

The Conference Center is located away from the boardwalk and the heart of the city. The property is easy to navigate from the parking garage directly to the Conference area. Stay tuned for new and exciting details as the year progresses and we explore this wonderful property!

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.

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: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/aqes/rggi.html.

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: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562018/approved/20181217b.shtml.

If you have any questions, email us at NJRGGI@dep.nj.gov.

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.

The William J. Porter Arboriculture Scholarship

Attention — students, professionals, and volunteers in the industry

To encourage studies and careers in Arboriculture and 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.  Download the details here.

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.

Benefits of Community Trees — Urban Forestry Presentation

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 educate our members by providing the latest up-to-date information and techniques relating to the care and maintenance of shade trees, in order to provide tree-lined streets for future generations.

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation accomplishes its objectives by bringing knowledgeable experts within the tree industry to speak at our annual conferences. Our speakers include nationally recognized scientific professionals, college professors, and tree experts. We also publish a bi-monthly newsletter that contains additional informative articles regarding the care and maintenance of shade trees. We invite 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.