Boards & Commissions

Shade Tree Commission

horizontal rule Bernards Township Shade Tree Commission

Did You Know That We Lost 15,000 Trees in Hurricane Sandy?

  • Take the Pledge. Plant five trees in your yard over the next 5 years. If five seems like too many, plant whatever you can.
  • Ask Your Neighbors to Take the Pledge. Share the spirit and help beautify your neighborhood.
  • Tell Us About Your Tree Planting. Keep the Township informed as we track our progress toward 5,000 new trees in Bernards Township. Click here to fill out a questionnaire and send us a photo at
  • Make a Donation. If adding trees on your own property is not in your plans, make a contribution to support planting on public spaces in Bernards Township. Checks should be payable to "Bernards Township."
  • Get Involved. Help a civic group working on a public planting project, suggest a public planting project or identify a worthy site. We'd love to hear from you with your ideas and support.

On August 20, 1968, the Bernards Township Committee created the The Bernards Township Shade Tree Commission to aid in protecting and establishing trees throughout the township.  The power to regulate the planting and protection of shade trees is contained in N.J.S.A. 40:88-4. The Shade Tree Commission is established in section 2-17.  The Bernards Township Shade Tree Commission advises the Township Committee, Planning Board, and Zoning Board on Shade Tree concerns on public property and along public rights-of-way.  Currently, tree care management needs are met primarily by outside contractors.  The Department of Public Works and Parks and Recreation Crews assist with tree planting and aftercare along with brush cleanup.  You can contact the Shade Tree Commission via email


Bernards Township desires to maintain and promote a healthy, safe and sustainable shade tree resource that will physically and aesthetically benefit the community and its residents in the most cost effective manner possible.

Goals & Objectives:

  • Develop Bernards Township's shade tree resource and introduce a diversity of trees and shrubbery that will provide for long term coverage of public lands, parks and recreation areas.
  • Establish an ongoing maintenance program for the trees along township rights-of-way and coordinate with county, state and utility company maintenance divisions to ensure that their procedures are compatible with ours.
  • Inventory tree resources on all local, county and state roads, lands and parks.
  • Revise tree ordinances as necessary to define responsibility for maintenance, removal and replacement.
  • Educate the public about trees and their importance to the entire community.
  • Identify hazardous trees, develop and implement a plan to remediate hazardous tree conditions.
  • Ensure that the goals of the Community Forestry Management Plan are compatible with the Master Plan and Open Space and Recreation Plan.
  • Expand the educational opportunities and training for Shade Tree Commission    Members and Public Works Employees.


Name Membership Term Expires
Al WernerVice Chair12/31/2019
Cindy AikenRegular12/31/2022
Derek AsayAlternate 112/31/2022
Frank GoodhartRegular12/31/2021
Fred BurgerhoffRegular12/31/2020
Jack GrayAlternate 212/31/2022
Jim BaldassareTownship Committee Liaison12/31/2019
Judy O'ConnellSecretary12/31/2019
Linda SimsRegular12/31/2022
Mike ZaidelRegular12/31/2019
Randy SantoroChair12/31/2023
Ryan WallaceDPW Advisor12/31/2019

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    Additional Information:

    Bernards Township has been named as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry.

    Find out more about what it means to be a Tree City USA.