Municipal Tree Management in New Jersey
Robert L. Tate
Abstract: A 1983 survey of 329 cities to determine the level of municipal tree care in New Jersey resulted in a return of 34 percent. The largest obstacle to tree care was lack of funding. Tree care agencies in New Jersey spent just over 50 percent of their time on actual tree-related work activities. A greater percentage of larger cities have suffered budget reductions than did smaller ones. Most tree care is divided into the activities of removal, pruning, and planting. Most tree work is scheduled by requests from residents. Contracting for tree work is widely used and satisfies the needs of the cities. Shade tree ordinances and public tree bodies are widely used, but less so in larger cities. Nearly all trees for street planting are purchased from commercial nurseries and are similar in composition to what is being planted by other cities in the northeast United States.