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 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 Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment on Shade Tree concerns on public property and along public rights-of-way. The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Department of Public Works.
Plainfield is proud to be named a Tree City USA. This distinction is given by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of communities that have proven their commitment to an effective, ongoing community forestry program marked by renewal and improvement.