Any tree removed for transplanting elsewhere must be replaced. Replacement is not required when the tree is dead or in danger of falling. A tree preservation plan must be filed together with applications with the Planning/Zoning Board in the case of property development. If removal of a tree is necessary to erect a structure and trees exist within the footprint of the structure, tree replacement is not required. One tree per parcel, even if healthy, may be removed every three years without the requirement for replacement.
To read the complete ordinance:
Click on link below to access WLB Code Book.
Click on Revised General Ordinances.
Click on Chapter XXIII Tree Preservation Code.
WLB Code Book
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|Councilman Fred Migliaccioemail@example.com|
The Shade Tree Commission is always looking for volunteers for our
community projects and welcomes anyone at our monthly public meetings.
We meet at Borough Hall at 7:00 pm on the 3rd Monday of the months of
January through November, unless otherwise noted.
2013 Meeting Dates:
No December meeting
January 20, 2014
F.A.S. 5th grade students planting a katsura tree
On Friday morning, April 19, 2013, the 5th grade students of Frank Antonides
School celebrated Arbor Day with the help of the West Long Branch Shade Tree
Commission. The morning provided a festive and interdisciplinary event for
the students in which they were immersed in fun-filled activities to
help them learn the value of trees and appreciate them for more than just their beauty.
The Shade Tree Commission collaborated with 5th grade teachers, Miss Miorella, Mrs. Scherr, Mrs. Hess, and Mrs. Gervolino, along with Art teacher, Mrs. Andreasi, Music teacher, Mrs. Allen, and Media Specialist, Mrs. Somers, to make this event something the students will always remember.
The morning began with an introduction by STC chairperson, Christine Guido, who welcomed everyone to the program, held in the auditorium, which had been decorated with colorful tree posters created by the students in Mrs. Andreasi's Art classes. Lining the stage was a row of creatively made "trees" shaped from brown paper bags. Each tree had a poem attached to it, which the students had composed under the guidance of Mrs. Somers.
After a brief conversation about how Arbor Day began, during which the
students were astounded to learn that one million trees had been planted in Nebraska on the very first Arbor Day in 1872, speaker Ted Krulikowski was welcomed to the stage. Mr. Krulikowski has been a resident of WLB for many years. Having retired from teaching in Long Branch, he is now busier than ever, spreading knowledge and happiness wherever he goes. He presented a fascinating slide show and talked about "The Effects of Hurricane Sandy on NJ Trees." He called on everyone to begin planting trees to replace the more than 113,000 trees destroyed by the Super Storm.
Next, a number of brave 5th grade students stood, retrieved their "poet-trees" from the stage, and read their imaginative tree poems, which everyone
enjoyed. The end of the indoor program was highlighted by music. Shore Regional High School freshman, Christine Mitchell, a talented singer and guitarist, graced everyone with a beautiful song, "Trees For America" written by John Denver. Afterwards, the entire 5th grade class sang along with Mrs. Allen as she played piano, gracing all with their own wonderful rendition of Mr. Denver's song. It was a touching and fitting ending to the assembly.
Finally, the morning's program moved outdoors, where the students enthusiastically planted a lovely katsura tree with the help of Councilman Fred
Migliaccio. The Shade Tree Commission is grateful to the Habeck family, from Shady Tree Landscapers, for donating the tree. As the last shovelful of dirt was thrown, Mayor Janet Tucci read the annual Arbor Day Proclamation, whereby she charged the children with watching over the young tree as it grows.
As the students headed back into school for lunch, they were each given a white pine tree seedling to plant in their own backyards and a wonderful
"goodie bag" full of tree themed gifts, including tree limb pencils, bookmarks, stickers, awareness wrist bands, craft projects, homemade tree-shaped cookies, and a collection of informative pamphlets about trees and how to care for them to pass along to their families.
The 5th grade students' art work, created in the style of artist Tavia Rava, was moved to the WLB Borough Hall, 965 Broadway, along with a display in the lobby of informative tree posters and pamphlets. The display was available for viewing from April 22 through April 26, 2013.
West Long Branch Shade Tree Commissioners Sharon Kelly, Nancy Ali, Christine Guido, and Eileen Cieri pose for a photo in front of the "Space Shuttle Tree" exhibit after the Commission was awarded one of the "Space Shuttle Trees" during the NJ Shade Tree Federation 86th Annual Conference and Trade Show. The Commission will host a ceremony in town when the tree has been planted in spring of 2012.
The Conference was hosted by the International Society of Arboriculture, and was held in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 21 and 22, 2011. The ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show provides a forum for the exchange of information and opportunities to network with others in the arboricultural profession and is the premier event for arborists from around the world.
Commissioners attended workshops and symposia to further their knowledge of arboriculture and enhance their value as volunteers in the Borough of West Long Branch.
2011: NJSTF Conference Report
A Day at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
West Long Branch Shade Tree Commission members Christine Guido (Chairperson,) Ellen Whitford, Paul Giglio and family, and Candace Mitchell (Secretary,) recently enjoyed a full day at Longwood Gardens, soaking up its spectacular woodlands and botanical gardens. With 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens to explore, the day provided inspiration and education for the dedicated STC volunteers who attended at their own expense.
In 1906, Pierre S. du Pont purchased the Pierce Arboretum to save its
trees from being cut for lumber. Over the next nearly half century, Mr.
du Pont developed Longwood Gardens into what it is today: a magnificent
horticultural showplace, which now encompasses 1,050
acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows. There are over 11,000 types of
plants, more fountains than any other garden in the US, educational and
visitor programming, and over 400 performances a year.
A team of arborists maintains over 3,500 trees at
Longwood. The crew is responsible for the pruning, cabling and bracing,
and removal of large and small trees. In addition to tree care, they
also install and remove Christmas lights in the outdoor trees, which
involves nearly four months of work.All of Longwood's arborists are certified through
the International Society of Arboriculture, and follow American National
Standards Institution (ANSI) standards for safety and the care of
This 600-foot-long allée of 27 huge bald-cypresses fronted by an arborvitae
hedge provides a stately avenue for strolling to the East Gardens.The bald-cypresses on the north side of the drive were planted by the
Peirces in the 19th century, augmented by replacements made by Mr. du
Nature's Castles Treehouse Exhibit:
The Canopy Cathedral, which overlooks the Italian Water Garden, is one of three treehouses in this permanent exhibit. It is an ornate two-story house inspired by a Norwegian church .
The spring-fed lakes and rolling green lawns in this area are reminiscent of English parks.
Noteworthy plants: bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora), golden weeping willow (Salix x sepulcralis), double weeping Higan cherry (Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula Plena Rosea'), bald-cypress (Taxodium distichum)
Paul, Christine, and Candace enjoyed the trees enroute to the Pierce-du Pont home. Pierce's Park is considered one of the finest collections of trees in
the nation. Some of the trees are approximately 200 years old.
Noteworthy plants: Canada hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), cucumber magnolia (Magnolia acuminata), tulip-tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), London plane-tree (Platanus x acerifolia), littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata)
Everyone admired this impressive specimen sycamore tree.