Community Forestry Management Plan & Mission Statement
The Community Forestry Management Plan is an essential guide to successfully achieving a healthy and safe community forest. The State of New Jersey has set up guidelines for developing this plan and it encourages each municipality to develop their own plan which is unique to their community and its needs. The County plan has been developed and implemented since 2000 and has been set up to be viable through the year 2010. It includes our goals and objectives and how they are to be carried out. This plan is on file at the Shade Tree Office at the Agricultural Building, 250 Center St., Freehold. The public is invited to see this plan any time during normal business hours. (Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
The mission of the Monmouth County Shade Tree Commission is to create, promote and provide an example for sustainable, healthy and safe community forests throughout Monmouth County, and to influence proper tree care and stewardship in New Jersey.
Tree City USA
Every community, regardless of size, benefits in different ways from being a Tree City USA. Read more about the benefits of Tree City USA here. (PDF Format)
Awards and Certifications
In 2007 the county of Monmouth through diligence and a progressive work ethic from the Monmouth County Shade Tree Division became only the 17th county in the country to be awarded the Tree City USA designation. Also in 2007 the county applied for and received a growth award from the Arbor Day Foundation for its continuous and diligent work to improve the community and its trees in the county. The Growth award was issued because of a major planting project on Kozloski Rd. as part of the Cools Cities Grant program. Just fewer than 100 trees were installed along the corridor to cast shade upon the roadway and bring down urban reflective heat. This program was instituted by the Division of Parks and Forestry under the Department of Environmental Protection
As part of our continuing services to the community and to the safety and well being of the public, the Monmouth County Shade Tree Division has jumped into the “E” age with computerized hazard assessments and e-mail correspondence of our Newsletters. This new electronic hardware and data input technology has put us into the lead of many Tree Organizations and has set us apart and possibly deserving of another growth award. These awards are given to organizations that show progress and growth in their abilities to improve their Community Forestry Programs. Our applications are in to the Arbor Day Foundation for Tree City USA recertification and the 2008 Growth Award. The growth award application is based on a new data base program and a contribution/donation program for the David Shaw Arboretum.
Our new electronic data base and equipment has allowed us to work better and smarter. This type of innovation is recognized by others and has allowed us to apply for another grant to cover the costs of the equipment, time and labor. Our efforts have been rewarded with a monetary “grant” amount that will keep our program going for a while. It’s nice to know our efforts are not going unnoticed.