Environmental Commission / Shade Tree Advisory /  Green Team

The Borough of South River is committed to managing our urban forest and ensuring that we realize the many benefits and quality of life enhancements that shade trees provide. In 2017, the Borough passed two resolutions, one to begin applying for Tree City USA status, the other to begin applying for Sustainable Jersey status. It also passed an ordinance creating a Green Team to help meet Sustainable Jersey status.  

Regular MembersTermRegular MembersTerm
Richard Byrne, Chair (PB) 01/01/21 - 12/31/23Eliana Neyra 01/09/23 - 12/31/25 
Lisa Byrne 01/01/21 - 12/31/23William Solnosky 04/09/21 - 12/31/23 
Shari Garretson 01/10/22 - 12/31/24 Julie Meira, Liaison01/09/23 - 12/31/23
Emily Grasso 01/10/22 - 12/31/24Alt. 1 – Ann Briscese01/10/21 - 12/31/23
Sergio Labrego01/09/23 - 12/31/25Alt. 2 – Vacant

Spotted Lanternflies

We're reminding residents of ways they can help control the spotted lanternfly population. To learn more about the steps you can take to prevent the further spread of these invasive insects, visit New Jersey's Spotted Lanternfly Webpage or view the Spotted Lanternfly Informational Flyer (PDF).

Environmental / Shade Tree Commission

Our Environmental/Shade Tree Commission is working hard to ensure that our Borough is growing our shade covering in the borough that provides a variety of environmental benefits and is shown to increase property values. It is currently examining the Borough's Shade Tree ordinance, establishing a more coherent policy regarding tree removal, and introducing a Shade Tree planting event.

In addition, this year's interns are starting the process of creating a shade tree inventory to provide the borough with additional knowledge and planning ability, that will begin to populate on MAP it later this year.

Shade Tree Application

Apply to have a Shade Tree Planted on your verge (the space between the curb and sidewalk): "Plant One on Me" Application (PDF)

Tree Dedication Application

Apply to dedicate a tree in one of our public spaces.


  • Time:  6:30 pm
  • Location:  The South River Municipal Building, 48 Washington Street Conference Room, unless otherwise noted.

    Thursday, February 2nd Thursday, June 8th Thursday, October 12th
    Thursday, February 23rd    Thursday, June 29th Thursday, November 2nd
    Thursday, March 16th   Thursday, July 20thThursday, November 30th
    Thursday, April 6th  CanceledThursday, August 10thThursday, December 21st
    Thursday, April 27th   Thursday, August 31stThursday, January 11, 2024
    Thursday, May 18th Thursday, September 21st

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Tree Dedication

Interested in dedicating a tree in the borough? Learn about our new program by visiting the Tree and Branch Dedications page.