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Hawthorne Shade Tree Governance
The Hawthorne Shade Tree Commission (HSTC), is comprised of five volunteer members and two alternate members appointed by the Mayor to five year overlapping terms. The Shade Tree Commissioners work together as a board on policy and measures related to the proper care and stewardship of Shade Trees in the town. Public meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm. Tree maintenance/remediation is managed and coordinated by the Borough and the hired contractor.
Hawthorne Shade Trees are in the "right of way". That generally means 10 feet from the curb into the lawn (there are other measurement factors that determine the 10ft.). If the tree is in the grass at the curb and there is a sidewalk, it is likely Shade Tree. Our Arborist will be able to measure and make that determination. If you are not sure, please call or email Hawthorne Shade Tree at 973-427-5555 ext. 318 or email HawthorneShadeTree@Hawthornenj.org.
It's always sad to see big mature trees removed. But, trees on private property are not subject to the Shade Tree guidelines. The Hawthorne Shade Tree Commission has no jurisdiction over trees on private property.
Pruning and Removal Requests
If you think your Shade Tree needs to be removed, please contact the Hawthorne Shade Tree at 973-427-5555 ext. 318 or email HawthorneShadeTree@Hawthornenj.org. Our town arborist will be out within two weeks to review the situation and provide a remediation plan. Please let us know if you think this is an URGENT issue so we can arrange a faster review. Also note, for every tree that is removed, the HSTC will do its best to replace the tree during the following planting cycle.
General turnaround time for tree remediation is 2-3 months, weather permitting, and if there are no other urgent tree remediation's that need to take place. Steps we take are:
Great question, stump removal is usually 4 weeks after the Shade Tree is removed. The area needs to be marked out by Public Works so no public services are impacted. Also, we try to ground multiple stumps at a time. These two things combined get us at a 4 week turn around.
When in doubt, please contact the Hawthorne Shade Tree at 973-427-5555 ext. 318 or email HawthorneShadeTree@Hawthornenj.org.. We can help with the next steps.
We understand you may want to appeal a decision recently made. To appeal, please do the following:
Your are correct, Hawthorne Shade Tree does try to budget for a planting each Fall. These trees are placed in the right of way, generally 10 feet from the curb in front of your home. We love when residents ask for these trees. Please call or email Hawthorne Shade Tree at 973-427-5555 ext. 318 or HawthorneShadeTree@Hawthornenj.org and make your request. We will fulfill all we can. These plantings are also used to replace trees removed for health reasons/road correction needs during yearly roadwork.
There is complete thoughtfulness in the trees selected by our arborist. Our arborist selects trees based upon site conditions.
Sidewalk Repair and Roadwork Projects
Yes, once you have secured your permit, please call or email Hawthorne Shade Tree at 973-427-5555 Ext. 318 or HawthorneShadeTree@Hawthornenj.org and make your request. the arborist will come out and look at the tree once the sidewalk is open and roots exposed. There should be no roots cut or trees removed without Borough Arborist direction. If the trees are cut in any way, this may result in a violation to the homeowner and contractor.
Please also go to our website for full documentation on the sidewalk process.
Yes, roadwork happens yearly. The HSTC arborist works with the Borough Engineer to determine what if any tree remediation is needed to complete roadwork successfully. Letters are sent to residents by the Borough Administrator to make you aware of the upcoming work. As a general rule, the arborist makes every effort to save every tree without compromising the tree or roadwork. The Hawthorne Shade Tree also works with the arborist to replace removed trees with trees that are appropriate for the site. If you have questions on roadwork, please contact the Borough Clerk at 973-427-1167 or Boswell Engineering at 201-681-5594 for more information.
Shade Trees always need to be reviewed and then maintained by the town. This helps to maintain the trees integrity. We also want to review the overall health of the tree. For pruning, please call or email Hawthorne Shade Tree at 973-427-5555 Ext. 318 or email HawthorneShadeTree@Hawthornenj.org.. Our town arborist will be out within two weeks to review the situation and provide a remediation plan. Pruning generally takes place in cooler weather.