Community Forestry - Cool Cities
DIVISION: Parks and Forestry
GENERAL PHONE NUMBER: (609) 292-2532
FAX NUMBER: (609) 984-0378
The Cool Cities Initiative is a joint effort of the department and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU). The department's Community Forestry Program, in cooperation with the BPU's Clean Energy Program, is planting thousands of shade trees in residential neighborhoods and low-rise mixed-use areas across the state to help cool off the urban heat islands and reduce energy costs for families.
The state tree planting in a municipality would include site assessments to determine where, how many, and what types of trees to plant. Property owners would be notified in advance of the tree planting. Utility issues would be resolved and trees ordered and preparation of planting sites would be conducted. Small trees (10'-30' tall) are planted where utility lines are present. Large trees (>30' tall) are only planted where there is room for them to grow to full size. The new trees are actively monitored, cared for, and replaced wherever needed. After one year, the municipality continues the care of the trees.
MONETARY ASSISTANCE PROVIDED:
Communities that have a state approved Community Forestry Management Plan will have an opportunity to apply for grants to plant trees, to reduce energy costs. A 25% match is required from the community. Contact the program for additional funding requirements.