Environmental Commission / Shade Tree Advisory

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 MembersTerm
Regular MembersTerm
Richard Byrne, Chair (PB) 01/01/21 - 12/31/23
Eliana Neyra 01/01/20 - 12/31/22 
Lisa Byrne 01/01/21 - 12/31/23
William Solnosky 04/09/21 - 12/31/23 
Shari Garretson 01/10/22 - 12/31/24 
Emily Grasso 01/10/22 - 12/31/24
Alt. 1 – Ann Briscese01/10/21 - 12/31/23
Sergio Labrego04/09/21 - 12/31/22
Alt. 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, January 20thThursday, July 7th
Thursday, February 3rdThursday, July 21st 
Thursday, February 17thThursday, August 4th
Thursday, March 3rdThursday, September 8th
Thursday, March 17thThursday, September 22nd 
Thursday, April 7thThursday, October 6th
Thursday, May 5thThursday, October 20th 
Thursday, May 19th Thursday, November 3rd
Thursday, June 2ndThursday, December 1st
Thursday, June 16th Thursday, January 12th, 2023 (Organizational)

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.