Shade Tree Commission

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  • Nancy Brennan-Hill, Co-Vicechair
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  • Adam Brown, Co-Vicechair
  • Tim Graham
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  • Ian Keller
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  • Andrew Lowry
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  • Cavan Sieczkowski
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  • Deborah Steinbaum
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  • George Wolfson
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  • Siobhan Winograd, Council Liaison

Shade TreeMission Statement

The Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission's (STC) purpose is to protect, preserve and enhance the shade trees in the village. Shade Trees are defined as Trees planted next to streets on the Village's property. The STC's goals are to foster public-private partnerships to:

  1. Educate the community about the contribution shade trees make to the Village environment 
  2. Increase the number of shade trees in the village by actively promoting community tree planting programs.

Brief History

After several decades of low Village priority a group of community members worked to increase awareness of the decline in the health and number of shade trees in the Village. Their efforts eventually resulted in the Village Council appointing a Shade Tree Commission in 2014. In fact, this was a reestablishment of a Shade Tree Commission which had prospered in the 30's-50's and was responsible for planting most of the trees we now enjoy. Learn more on the History of Shade Tree Commission.

Shade Tree on StreetCurrent Status

The Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission has been officially recognized by the state. Our Community Forestry 5 Year Plan was approved January 2017. This approved status will allow us to apply for grants to maintain and plant shade trees. Currently we are planning on surveying all Village street trees. There are over 10,000. This inventory will indicate species, size, age, condition, exact location and also inform us about empty spaces in need of planting.

How citizens can get involved;

  1. Request a town tree - a limited number of trees are planted by the Village each year. There is, unfortunately, a long waiting list and priority is given to areas with the most need.
  2. Adopt-a-Tree program
  3. Encourage involvement of community groups in tree planting/adopting programs.

Village Code Regulations

There are general guidelines and regulations such as recommended trees, planting locations and setbacks which apply to planting Shade Trees. The STC is in the process of developing additional materials to encourage successful planting or replacing shade trees.

View the Village Rules and Regulations.

Contact Information

  • Emergency - a tree or branch is broken or down and poses a safety risk: 911
  • Report problem or concern (Parks and Recreation Department): 201-670-5500, ext. 5524
  • General Information - about trees, regulations, getting involved: Email RST