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SHADE TREE COMMISSION

The Shade Tree Commission has authority for the regulation, planting, care and control of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery in all municipal parks and on municipal streets. 

To request planting, trimming or removal of a tree, please call the Shade Tree Commission line.  Decisions on removals will be based on the health of the tree and public safety. 

The Commission  has no jurisdiction over trees on private property.  A property owner with concern about a private tree should consult with a Certified Tree Expert or arbor company. 

No private individual or company may remove, trim, cut roots on or affix materials to  a public shade tree without prior permission of the Shade Tree Commission or Borough arborist. 

Sidewalks & roots:  When repairing or installing sidewalks, only the Borough may cut or remove roots from shade trees in the right-of-way.  Upon receiving a sidewalk permit, contact the Shade Tree Commission to coordinate inspection and receive guidance on how to proceed with interfering tree roots. 

Shade Tree Commissioners:

Paul Giardino, Chairperson 12/31/2016
Thomas Dwyer,
Vice Chairperson
12/31/2015
Rick Hockenberry 12/31/2017 
Alexandria Lobosco-Stauss 12/31/2015
Brian Van Hook 12/31/2017
Albert Ianacone, Alt #1 12/31/2014
Phil Spuelda
Alt#2
12/31/2018
Joseph Wojtecki,
Council Liaison 
12/31/4

Contact:  (973) 427-5555 ext. 318 

Meetings – 4:30 pm, 2nd Floor  of Municipal Building


Chapter 45 of the Code of the Borough of Hawthorne establishes Hawthorne's Shade Tree Commission pursuant to N.S.J.A. 40:64-1 et seq.  The Commission consists of five members and two alternate members appointed by the Mayor to five-year overlapping terms.