Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission Meeting Minutes 20191210

Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission Meeting Minutes December 10, 2019
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on December 10, 2019 by Andrew Lowry.
Andrew Lowry, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Steve McCabe, Declan Madden, Judith Driver
Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for November 12, 2019 was made by Andrew Lowry, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.
Tree Inventory Status
The quote received from Civil Solutions regarding the tree inventory follows industry standards as to how the inventory will be performed and what attributes will be collected for each tree. Empty viable tree planting locations will also be noted. The field collection will be conducted by Davey Resource Group. The inventory software is user friendly and training will be given in its use to the village employees who will be using it.
There will be a meeting December 19, 2019 concerning the inventory process and use of the $10,000 NJUCF Stewardship grant that has been awarded the village. It would be ideal if the inventory could be done this winter, possibly in February. Chris Rutishauser, Nancy Bigos, Heather Mailander, Declan Madden, Steve McCabe, Andrew Lowry, and Ian Keller have been invited to attend this meeting.
CBD Developer Project Tree Wells
The names of the developers’ representatives that Susan Knudsen spoke to about tree planting guidelines are still not known.
Train Station Structured Soil Planting
The CU Structured soil was received and used to plant two willow oaks in the center planting strip, closest to the train station. One tree was planted in CU soil alone. The other tree was planted in regular soil with the CU soil off to the sides of the rootball.
Ideally, the CU soil should have been put in place under the area covered by the sidewalk before the sidewalk cement was poured. This placement of the CUsoil allows the trees to spread their roots over a much larger area. The information about how to use CU soil had been distributed previously.
2019 Tree Planting
Over one hundred trees were planted this fall. Declan Madden trained the crews that planted these trees. The crews were instructed to remove the wire baskets around the rootballs; the trees should be properly planted this year.
Approximately 25 trees were planted in places not originally designated because some residents did not want trees planted in front of their properties.
2020 Plans and Priorities
     o CFMP accomplishment report – due Jan./Feb.
     o Arbor Day Tree City Certification – picture of tree planting, timely application filing
     o Adopt-a-Tree – continue
     o Earth Day 2020 – plan for event
     o Grant identification and application – village grant writers released
     o STC membership – need to recruit new members
     o Village support – LWV, scouts, schools, Chamber of Commerce, residents
     o Social media – work with Green Ridgewood to get information to residents
     o Line item in capital budget for tree planting - $150,000 requested ($50,000 for tree inventory, remainder for tree planting)
     o “No net loss” commitment from village council – for trees on village streets, parks and Board of Education property
Meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM by: Andrew Lowry.
Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran
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