The mission of the Shade Tree Commission is to help develop, promote, sustain and regulate an effective and safe shade tree program that benefits Hoboken’s trees and consequently benefits the environmental, economic and social well being of City residents.
The Commission will help sustain healthy populations of trees on City and County streets by pursuing the removal and replacement of all damaged, dead, hazardous or diseased trees, and the pruning of existing trees to foster their health and longevity.
In addition, the Commission will communicate to residents and businesses in the City the need to protect and maintain each and every tree. This will be accomplished through education programs and specific projects in Hoboken.
Finally, the Commission will promote the addition of as many new trees as possible consistent with the need to insure that they are installed properly and maintained to extend their life.
Can You Dig It? – In 2013 the HSTC managed an exceptionally popular Street Tree Planting Program. 37 trees were planted in 2013 with an additional 100 trees scheduled for 2014.
Block by Block – HSTC Beautifies Washington Street -– The HSTC led the project design improvements of the trees and tree pits on the 200 block of Washington Street. Keep a watch for the continuation on the 300 and 400 blocks of Washington Street in 2014. This project will be considered as part of the Washington Street Complete Streets Redesign Community Workshops.
Who’s that Tree? – The HSTC has developed a complete inventory of all trees in the City. The database also served to document damage from Hurricane Sandy.
In The Pits – Volunteers from the Stevens Institute of Technology along with The Shade Tree Commission added mulch to all 170 tree pits along Washington Street from Observer Highway to 15th Street and also assisted in a public education campaign on how to properly maintain the tree pits
Earth Day 2013 – A Weeping Willow tree was planted at Church Square Park to replace a tree lost to Hurricane Sandy
The City of Hoboken will have 4,000 healthy, well maintained trees on City and County streets by 2020, a 33-percent increase from the approximately 3,000 in 2013.
The Vision will be accomplished through the efforts of the Shade Tree Commission, the Department of Environmental Services, the Mayor, City Council, business partners and community volunteers.