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Shade Tree Commission

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On April 19, 2006, The Plainfield City Council enacted an ordinance creating the Shade Tree Commission to aid in protecting and establishing trees in the city, see Municipal Code at Chapter 3., Article 41. The power to regulate the planting and protection of shade trees is contained in New Jersey General Law at N.J.S.A. 40:64-01, et. seq.

The Shade Tree Commission will hold all meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted and will start at 7:30 PM in the Plainfield City Hall Library (515 Watchung Avenue).

NOTE: The Shade Tree Commission is currently recruiting a new Commissioner.  To be eligible, you must be over 18 and reside in the City of Plainfield.  No prior experience is required - just a willingness to learn and a commitment to attend and contribute to each monthly meeting.  Apply by sending a resume and letter of interest to Plainfield’s Shade Tree Secretary, Daniel White, at

About The Plainfield Shade Tree Commission

The Shade Tree Commission is vested with the authority to regulate the planting, care, and control of shade or ornamental trees and shrubbery in or on the streets, public places, parks, and parkways in Plainfield. The Shade Tree Commission also advises the Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment on Shade Tree concerns on public property and along public rights-of-way. The Shade Tree Commission is vested with the authority to require the removal of any tree, or part thereof, dangerous to public safety or harboring a disease or insects readily communicable to neighboring healthy trees.

Members of the Shade Tree Commission are City residents appointed by the Mayor of Plainfield and confirmed by the City Council.  The Shade Tree Commission works closely with both the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Public Works.

Plainfield is proud to be named a Tree City USA. The National Arbor Day Foundation gives this distinction in recognition of communities that have proven their commitment to an effective, ongoing community forestry program marked by renewal and improvement.

The Shade Tree Commission works diligently to plan, plant, prune, and maintain the beautiful trees and shrubbery lining the streets and populating the parks of the city of Plainfield.  The Commission is dedicated to encouraging arboriculture, engaging and educating the citizens of Plainfield, young and old, on the benefits of arboriculture.

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Resources and Documents9 documents

  • Tree Flyer for Coloring by Children
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  • 2016 Plainfield CEMP Approval Certificate
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  • Plainfield CEMP signed award letter
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  • Community Forestry Management Plan
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  • Tree City USA Bulletin No. 14
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  • LUO Public Notices- Asian Longhorn Beetle -4-14-15
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  • LUO Public Notices- BacLeafScorch -4-14-15
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  • LUO Public Notices- Emerald Ash Borer- 10-15-14
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  • STC Membership Recruitment Ad 2023
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Annual Meeting Schedule2 documents

  • Shade Tree Commission 2020-2021
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  • Shade Tree Commission 2018-2019
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