Shade Tree Commission

Meetings

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

  • Joseph Aufiero
  • Nancy Aughtry (Alternate Number 2)
  • Steve Chisholm, Chairman
  • Ron J. Dollman (Tree Specialist)
  • Leo Kissling, Vice Chairman
  • Michael McCabe
  • David Ossowski
  • Donald Orban (Alternate Number 1)
  • Kathy Sevcenko, Recording Secretary

Public Education / Awareness / Outreach

  • Arbor Day 2004 was celebrated in October, 2004 with a Beautification Project at Jackson Memorial High School, in coordination with the Jackson Rotary Club
  • Arbor Day 2005 was celebrated on May 13, 2005 at the Jackson Mills Firehouse. All of the Fourth Grade classes from Elms Elementary School attended the program, which included the planting of individually potted tree seedlings for the students to take home
  • Arbor Day 2006 was celebrated on May 2, 2006 at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire County Number 1 on Larson Road All of the Fourth Grade classes from Crawford - Rodriguez Elementary School attended the program, which included the planting of individually potted tree seedlings for the students to take home
  • Tree City USA annual awards
  • Continued compliance with Jackson Township’s State approved Community Forestry Management Plan

Projects

  • 2004 to 2005 Municipal Tree Planting Project - $300,000 A $300,000 project for the planting of trees over 3 phases at the following places throughout the township:
    • Firehouses
    • First Aid Squads
    • MUA Sites
    • Municipal Parking Lots
    • Roadsides
    • Schools
    • Township Parks
  • 2004 Jackson Memorial High School Beautification Project - $16,000 A community project for the planting of trees and shrubs at the high school with volunteers from the high school and the Jackson Rotary Club.
  • 2005 Municipal Hazard Tree Removal Project - $ 40,000 A project for the removal of dead and dying hazardous trees at the following 8 municipal sites:
    • DPW Bulky Waste Site
    • Jackson Memorial High School
    • Jackson Municipal Complex
    • Jackson Sports Complex
    • Project Playground
    • Senior Center
    • Switlik Elementary School
  • 2005 Hazard Tree Survey Project - $ 25,000 A windshield survey of all township roadways, parks, and schools for hazardous trees, as part of Jackson Township’s Community Forestry Management Plan goals. The survey was completed Fall 2005 / Spring 2006. Public notification of privately owned hazard trees along roadways was also done.
  • Assistance and testimony at the 2005 trial of Shore Builders Association vs. Jackson Township regarding the Jackson Township Tree Removal Ordinance, Chapter 100.

Grants

The New Jersey State Forest Service awarded Jackson Township CSIP Grant Number 6 in 2005, in the amount of $ 5,840 to be used towards the implementation of a Hazard Tree Survey throughout the township.

The New Jersey State Forest Service awarded Jackson Township a BPU - Cool Cities Grant, in the amount of $ 25,00 to be used towards the planting of street trees to cool streets and reduce overall community energy consumption.

The Ocean County Shade Tree Commission has a pending application for the awarding of 44 trees to be planted by Jackson Township Dept of Public Works on three Ocean County Properties within the township. The value of the grant is approximately $4,500