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New Milford Designated Tree City USA

Arbor Day Festivities to be held on Saturday

New Milford has recently been awarded the designation of "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. 

There will be two signs proclaiming New Milford a "Tree City"-- one at New Bridge Landing and River Road, and the other on Boulevard near the Oradell border.

Having a "Tree City USA" sign at the entrance to the community denotes a certain quality of life and is an indication that New Milford is a town that cares about the environment. 

Steve Perrone, chairman of the Shade Tree Commission, said that he is very proud that New Milford has been named "Tree City USA." 

"The Commission worked hard to get this designation for New Milford," Perrone said. 

Commission member Michael Putrino said, "Tree City USA is a wonderful and much deserved accomplishment for New Milford."

"It took a lot of hard work and coordination between the Shade Tree Commission and the DPW," he added. 

In order for a community to be considered a Tree City, the town has to have a tree commission, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

What is the role of the Shade Tree Commission in the community? Since 2005, New Milford's Shade Tree Commission has been working with residents to maintain healthy trees throughout the town. Arborist Norm Krause will assess a tree on both public and private property to determine its health and make recommendations.

The Shade Tree Commission also strives to add more trees to the community, and replace any that have been lost either through disease or a storm. Towards that effort, Perrone said that the Shade Tree Commission began a tree farm in 2005. The tree farm is located near the DPW behind the recycling center. It began with the planting of 300 trees of different varieties: white pine, red oak, silky dogwood and spruce. 

Trees from the farm are transplanted throughout the borough to add to the lanscape or, in the event of a storm such as Hurricane Irene and the October snow storm where trees were lost, to replace fallen trees. 

The Shade Tree Commission has been working hard planning their annual Arbor Day event. In conjunction with the Environmental Commission, the Shade Tree Commission will be hosting Arbor Day festivities Saturday, April 28 from 9am to noon at the tree farm behind the recylcing center. Perrone said that 100 tube seedlings will be given out that day.

"Arbor Day not only helps to promote awareness and growth in the community," Perrone said. "It's a way to celebrate the environment."

miriam pickett April 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM
So we get this wonderful designation and are actually considering scarring our community with the overdevelopment of the United Water property.
Tony April 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM
The Shade Tree Commission will be hosting Arbor Day festivities Saturday, April 28 from 9am to noon. - So, where is the Shade Tree Commission? Is it in the same place as the tree farm?
Tara Berberich April 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Congratulations to New Milford and the Shade Tree Commission. I know they have been, and will continue to work hard to protect the trees in our community. Job well done!
Ann Piccirillo April 27, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Yes, Arbor Day festivities will be held at the tree farm behind the recycling center.
Jeffrey DelVecchio April 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
"Having a "Tree City USA" sign at the entrance to the community denotes a certain quality of life and is an indication that New Milford is a town that cares about the environment. ". I agree that having a Tree City USA designation is a step in the right direction. However, I do not agree that the town cares about the evironment. Where is the Green Team and Sustainable Jersey designation? How about updating our antiquated recycling program? Renewable energy for Borough buildings? I haven't seen any.
Ulises April 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I think this great. I'm so happy for the town and I congratulate those that made this happen. However, I have to agree with Ms. Pickett. Here we are distinguishing ourselves as a town that cares about the environment, yet there's a very good chance our town officials will allow hundreds of mature trees to be knocked down for a massive development, on a flood zone, along the river, by the high school. This development will not only pipe more water downstream to our low lying neighbors, these additional pipes will allow more trash to reach the river. I do cleanups on the Hackensack all the time, annually with the River Keeper and on my own throughout the year, and this massive development is only going to pollute it more. Let’s Stop-Over-Development (SOD), for the sake of the town and the good of the community. There’s a meeting on Monday at 7PM at the Library. If you want to stand up against this development because of its negative environmental impact, the traffic concerns by our kids’ high school, the increase in taxes that will follow with the needed additional teachers and police officers, etc.., etc… please join us and hopefully together we can make a difference.
LMA April 28, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Very well said Ulises and Miriam! Perhaps we should send this article to Hekemian and Inserra and to their attorneys, and to all the so called "expert" witnesses. It is a wonderful designation; however, Hekemian plans to kill a couple of hundred beautiful, mature trees in order to construct Shoprite. Hekemian has proposed to plant a couple of hundred little trees/shrubs so that the monstrosity of the supermarket can be seen from the road. For all of the residents who are not up-to-date on the development, it will directly impact you, your home, and most importantly your wallet! If you think flooding is bad now, just wait and see...where is all of the water going to go during a bad storm?/extreme traffic congestion...quiet streets will now hear the sound of tractor trailers at all hours of the day and night/quality of life.....lighting from the parking lot will have its own field day as there will be small trees and shrubs to line the perimeter/definite increase in taxes...the ratables will be negated by the hiring of extra police and more than likely, the fire department will no longer be a volunteer dept. and guess who will be paying for that? Additionally, the cost of educating the additional children (over 220 apartments) and the cost of hiring additional teachers will be the burden of the existing homeowners and if anyone else is telling you otherwise, they are certainly lying). To be continued as I ran out of space!
LMA April 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Continuation from AML Despite all of these negatives, the most important and substantial reason for opposing this development is the impact of flooding to existing homeowners and businesses. Mr. Rich Henning, of United Water, (at a meeting right before the holidays last year) offered only one solution for the mitigation of flood waters and flooding....and that was that no more development should take place...homes should not be built on, or, near the flood plain and here we are wanting to build a 4 story commerical/residentail complex adjacent to a flood plain! The irony of it all! But if we band together, we may be able to work miracles! So, please as Ulises as stated come to the NM Public Library this Monday night, 4/30/12 at 7PM. If you cannot make it, please show your support by attending the next town planning board meeting regarding the development. It is being held Tuesday, May 8th at 8PM, and a "special" planning board meeting for the same topic will be held on Thursday, May 17th, at 7PM (for now, these are the dates as was discussed at the last "special" planning board meeting of Thur., April 19th. The attorneys and expert witnesses of Hekemian will be there! You will not be disappointed! It would be great if more people attended these meetings. I know that we all have other obligations but this is really, really, really important!

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