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Shade Tree Advisory Board

THE PALMYRA SHADE TREE ADVISORY BOARD (PSTAB) IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE:

The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign is coming to Palmyra!

“The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign will provide FREE tree seedlings to residents of PALMYRA.”

1,000 free tree seedlings will be available to PALMYRA residents in the month of APRIL as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

From 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Sunday, April 13, 2014 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at the Palmyra Band Shell next to Palmyra Borough Hall.  These are “rain or shine” events.  Seedlings, available on a first come, first served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them.  The guides also help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future.  Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.  The tree seedlings come in packets of five – all of one of five different species we will be receiving.  Don’t need five? – No problem!  Just contact your neighbors and get them interested and involved, and the other seedlings will easily find new homes.

The goal of the Tree Recovery Campaign is to distribute over 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents over the course of the next five years.   It is a joint effort between the Borough, the Palmyra Shade Tree Advisory Board, the New Jersey State Forestry Services Community Forestry Program, The State Forest Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, and the Arbor Day Foundation.  Arbor Day Foundation, FedEx, and BJ’s Wholesale Club provide financial support for the program.

When properly planted and maintained, trees can be assets to a community.  They improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or business district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

Informational flyers regarding the tree seedlings giveaway events can be obtained at Palmyra Borough Hall at the Tax Office window, and at Schwering’s Hardware Store.  The same information can be found on the Borough of Palmyra’s web site and the PSTAB web page.

Proof of residency is required. Residents will need to provide their name, street address, and an e-mail address. This is a long-term research project that will require frequent contacts with our residents over many years and the PSTAB is required to file reports with the State.

Palmyra Harbour residents require Board approval and written permission on where to plant. The Harbour’s management company does not want to assume responsibility for the planting and care of these tree seedlings.

 If you have any questions please contact Matt Kaelin, Chairman, PSTAB at:

 mkaelin@boroughofpalmyra.com

For more information about the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign and the Arbor Day Foundation, please click on the link below.

In other PSTAB news…

Please submit a Tree Request/Complaint Form or email tryan@boroughofpalmyra.com if you’re having a problem with a tree.

Forms can also be picked up at Borough Hall.

IF THE TREE IS LOCATED ON A COUNTY ROAD YOU MUST CONTACT THE BURLINGTON COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT AT (609) 726-7300.  COUNTY ROADS IN PALMYRA ARE: CINNAMINSON AVENUE, HIGHLAND AVENUE, BROAD STREET & PUBLIC ROAD.

The Shade Tree Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Community Center at 7:00 pm, except in January and July when the meeting is held on the second Wednesday.

The Palmyra Shade Tree Advisory Board members are volunteers appointed by the mayor to maintain the municipal shade trees in the Borough. The municipal shade trees save homeowner’s energy, improve the value of homes, and add to the beauty of the community. The trees closest to the street are most likely Palmyra’s shade trees, and if homeowners think that the trees need to be trimmed or present a hazard, they should contact the Shade Tree Advisory Board.

If You See A Collar, Holler!

Palmyra has hundreds of London plane trees lining its streets. These are the trees with mottled, green and beige bark, sometimes called butternuts or sycamores. London planes often drop their branches, but before they fall, a dark ring or collar appears on the limb.

If you see a London tree with a dead branch and a dark collar, contact the Palmyra Shade Tree Advisory Board

If you have a tree concern/complaint or request, please fill out a Tree Request/Complaint Form.

The form can be picked up at Borough Hall 856-829-6100.

Contact the Palmyra Shade Tree Advisory Board via e-mail at tryan@boroughofpalmyra.com.

Benefits of Shade Trees

Shade Tree Members

Adam Nowicki, Borough Council Representative

Tom Ryan, Shade Tree Officer

Matt Kaelin, Chairman

Dave Austin, Vice-Chairman

Tim Kaluhiokalani

Ted Gerhardt

Mark Allen

Shade Tree Advisory Board Meeting Dates