Glen Ridge

Shade Tree Commission

GR Shade Tree Commission Mission Statement

The public shade trees of Glen Ridge are our heritage and responsibility. The Shade Tree Commission is charged with developing a flexible strategic plan, practical goals and defined steps to ensure that shade trees are planted, maintained and monitored over time. This commitment to healthy trees represents a long-term investment in the beauty, biodiversity and historic character of Glen Ridge.

Saving Our Community Forest is an Imperative

Glen Ridge's community forest is one of the Borough's greatest assets. The trees have gone from a pleasant Borough wide amenity to an environmental imperative in this time of climate change. The nearly 3,700 trees that line our streets serve many important functions including cleaning the air we breathe, shading our streets, cooling our homes, slowing stormwater run-off and adding to property values among other benefits. Yet, this valuable asset is in decline with nearly 60 trees dying and being removed each year. Faced with an aging tree population, a Maple dominant monoculture subject to pests and disease related problems, and severely constrained planting strips between the road and sidewalks, we face a sizable challenge to ensure that the beauty of Glen Ridge is maintained for future generations.

Glen Ridge Tree Condition Map 2020

Tree Request Center: Request a tree inspection (click here)

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Richard Wolowicz, NJ Tree Expert, the Glen Ridge Arborist, works on Mondays and can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 973-748-8400 ext 202

Shade Tree Commission Members

Elizabeth K. Baker, Chair
Robert Baum
Julie Zichelli
Joan Lisovicz
Tina Seaboch

The members of the Shade Tree Commission can be reached via e-mail at

Glen Ridge Awarded Prestigious 2021 NJ Urban & Community Forestry Council Award

Duties of Shade Tree Commission

Ordinance 1543 Establishing Shade Tree Commission

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