Shade Tree Commission

Meetings: First Thursday of Each Month – 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting Room, 124 Cedar Drive


Shade Tree Commission Meeting Agendas


Colts Neck Named Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation

To report any concerns related to Township trees, click here.


Colts Neck Township in conjunction with The Shade Tree Commission suggest to residents to use the following NJ Department of Agriculture link to obtain information about the Spotted Lantern Fly.



Spotted Lantern Fly Educational Information
Treating ailanthus

Town Hall Arboretum Project

Click on the following link to learn about the Arboretum Initiative recently undertaken:

Colts Neck Town Hall Arboretum Project – 2015

Practical Management Responses to Emerald Ash Borer in NJ

A. Said Commission shall exercise such authority as is conferred upon it by N.J.S.A. 40:64-1 et seq. and the amendments thereof and supplements thereto, except as otherwise modified by the provisions of this chapter.

B. The Commission or Township Administrator shall have the authority to remove any vegetation of any kind from any Township-owned land, greenways or access corridors for greenways. In the event that there is a conflict, the ultimate determination is to be made by the Governing Body. No trees, brush, vines, shrubs and/or ground cover are to be removed by anyone, including adjacent landowners or agents of any landowner, from any Township-owned land, greenways or access corridors for greenways without permission of the Colts Neck Shade Tree Commission or Township Administrator.

C. Routine maintenance.

(1) The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to apply to the routine maintenance (i.e., mowing) of Township-owned conservation and/or landscape easements by neighboring property owners, with the following requirements:

(a) Conservation easement areas may be mowed if the area was shown as an open grass area with no shrubs or trees on the approved subdivision plats.

(b) Landscape easement areas may be mowed, provided that the approved plats show the areas to be planted with grass or turf.

(2) In neither case shall trees, shrubs and/or ground cover be disturbed, damaged or destroyed, nor shall structures be located within these easements.


Sue Fitzpatrick, Liaison December 31, 2022
Eileen Stivala December 31, 2024
Laura Riley December 31, 2022
Kyle Reese December 31, 2023
Patricia Eastman December 31, 2023
Connie Wilson December 31, 2023
James Nicoletti December 31, 2026
Melinda Neal Martin, Chair December 31, 2022
Henry Hammond, Alternate 1 December 31, 2025
Vacant, Alternate 2
Melinda Neal Martin, Secretary