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.
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 MAPit later this year.