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Shade Tree Commission

Tree Removal Permit Application
Community Forestry Management Plan
Shade Tree Ordinance

Contact Information:

Requests for borough tree planting, pruning or removal should be made  in writing to the New Milford Shade Tree Commission:

Borough of New Milford Shade Tree Commission
930 River Road

New Milford, NJ 07646

Or Email:  Trees@newmilfordboro.com

Contact the Department of Public Works (DPW) at 201-967-8172 for tree related emergencies.


Please note: as per Borough of New Milford Ordinance No. 2004:08, Chapter XXVIA, residents, their landscapers and or other designees are not permitted to cut, prune, top, injure or damage Borough trees. Damage to any Borough tree will result in penalty under law. For more information on the protection of Borough trees, please review Ordinance 2004:08, Chapter XXVIA. If you are not sure if a particular tree is a borough tree, please contact the New Milford Department of Public Works.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the New Milford Shade Tree Commission is to promote the general welfare of the people of the Borough of New Milford by providing for the regulation, planting, care, control, improvement, removal, preservation, and general protection of trees in such a way as to protect and preserve the environment.

About the Commission:

The New Milford Shade Tree Commission is made up of a group of residents who volunteer their time and energy to upholding the mission of this body. They serve to carry out the Borough’s authority in this regard, create, incorporate and review a Community Forestry and Management Plan, outline requirements for private developers, provide standards and procedures in connection with this purpose and prescribe penalties for violation of the Shade Tree ordinance (Ord. No. 2004:08, Chapter XXVIA)

Facts about Trees:

  • Trees are a local contribution residents can make towards combating global warming

  • The Red Oak is the "official tree" of the State of New Jersey

  • Trees are assets that give us utility 

  • Improve air quality
    • Moderate climate

    • Conserve soil

    • Protect against flooding

    • Increase property values

    • Reduce utility costs

    • Aid in reducing stress

    • Harbor wildlife

  • Trees are assets that give us beauty 

    • Color

    • Shade

    • Enhance privacy

    • Soften and complement architecture

    • Reduce noise pollution


I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

                                                     -   Joyce Kilmer, 1913

Shade Tree Commission:

Michael Castino, Chairman
Bill Shuff
Sue Klecha
Norman Krause
Tiffany Harris
Members (Alternates)

Cynthia Forster - Alt. 1  12/31/24
Gene DeSantis - Alt. 2
Tammi Kaminski  - Secretary   
Councilman Ira Grotsky, Liaison
Tree Removal Application

Upcoming Events:

Meeting Dates:

The Shade Tree Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Please contact the STC ahead of time if you plan to attend so that you can be added to the agenda.