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Montclair Township

Shade Trees

Cherepovets GardenStephen Schuckman, Arborist
Community Services Building

219 North Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-509-4912
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hours: Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Shade Trees Division of the Department of Community Services is responsible for the maintenance of all township trees.

Reminder to Property Owners: Shade Tree Preservation Ordinance Now in Effect PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Notice to all property owners: Montclair's Ordinance for the Preservation of Shade Trees (O-12-44) is now in effect. The ordinance requires that all tree removal activities -- with limited exceptions -- be completed by tree contractors licensed in accordance with the New Jersey Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act.

FAQs about Shade Trees in Montclair PDF Print E-mail

Trees in MontclairBelow are some frequently asked about shade trees in Montclair.

1. What is a Township tree?

A Township tree is a tree owned by the Township of Montclair, planted on public property or in the right-of-way. Most street trees planted between the sidewalk and curb are Township trees. Where there are no sidewalks trees planted within ten feet of the curb are usually Township trees.

2. How do I report a dangerous Township tree?

During regular business hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, report all dangerous tree conditions to the Department of Community Services at 973-509-5711. After business hours, on holidays or over the weekend contact the Montclair Police Department at 973-744-1234.

3. What does the Township Arborist do? How do I contact him? What are his hours?

  • The Township Arborist is responsible for the care of the municipal tree resources, to insure a healthy and safe urban forest. This includes monitoring for health, pests and disease, removal of dead or dangerous trees, and replacement of lost trees.
  • The Township Arborist is in on Wednesdays generally from 8:30 to 3:30. His hours may vary seasonally.
  • The Township Arborist can be reached by phone (973-509-4912) or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you need more immediate assistance when the Arborist is not in the office please contact the Department of Community Services at 973-509-5711.

4. May I remove or prune a Township tree?

No, only Township personnel or professional tree care companies working for the Township may prune or remove a Township tree.

5. May I plant a tree between the sidewalk and curb?

You may be allowed to plant a tree in the right-of-way with the permission of the Township. The Township must approve the tree species to be planted.

6. How do I request a new tree to be planted in front of my home?

To request a new street tree, contact the Township Arborist by phone (973-509-4912) or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

7. I am concerned about the condition of the tree in front of my house. Whom should I contact?

Call (973-509-4912) or e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) the Township Arborist. He will inspect the tree and inform you if any action is necessary.

8. My sidewalk is lifted by roots from a Township tree, and I need to repair it. What is the procedure?

Sidewalk maintenance and repair is the responsibility of the property owner. The first step is to retain a bonded mason contractor, who will secure a permit to open the sidewalk. The contractor will contact the Township to inspect the tree and determine what course of action is needed. In most cases the tree is preserved

9. I want to cut down one or more trees on my property. Do I need a permit?

Yes, in accordance with Township Code - Chapter 324 Trees , effective January 1, 2013, removal of trees on private property will require a permit. In addition the contractor removing on the township ordinance website (ARTICLE I - Preservation of Shade Trees).

Standard Operating Procedures: Trees and Sidewalks PDF Print E-mail
  • • Under normal conditions sidewalk repair is the responsibility of the property owner.

  • • Tree roots causing sidewalk lift or damage from an existing municipal street tree is not an act of negligence or intention on the part of the Shade Tree staff subsequent to beautification efforts.
Tree Species Suitable for Replacement on Private Property PDF Print E-mail

The Township of Montclair recognizes the importance of trees in the urban environment. In accordance with Township Code – Chapter 324: Trees (ARTICLE I - Preservation of Shade Trees), trees removed from private property shall be replaced at a one-to-one rate. Native trees shall be used.

The following is a list of species considered suitable for tree planting. This list must be reviewed and revised every few years, as new species or cultivars become available, and as experience indicates the good or poor performance of some species, or as pest and/or disease issues arise.

1. Large Shade Trees Suitable for Planting