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NJ Community Forestry Council

The NJ Community Forestry Council (Council) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is comprised of members appointed by the State Forester, with expertise or interest in trees, forestry, or tree or forest management, maintenance, or care. The Council advises the State Forester, the Division of Parks and Forestry and the DEP and assists with such other functions as may be authorized pursuant to the New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act, P.L.1996, c.135 (C.13:1L-17.1 et al.) or any other law. The Council provides advice, assistance, and recommendations to the State Forester in promoting, supporting and advancing healthy, safe and sustainable urban and community forests in New Jersey.

Public notice: NJ Community Forestry Council Meeting Schedule, how to attend 2023 Community Forestry Council Meetings

For general inquiries regarding the NJ Community Forestry Council, shannon.hart@dep.nj.gov

NJ Community Forestry Council Members

Kristin Ace

Chair
Morristown Shade Tree Commission

Mark J. Beamish

Manager, Vegetation Management
Orange and Rockland Utilities

Carl Bowles

Executive Board Member
American Public Works Association

Bill Brash

Owner, Shelterwood Forest Managers, LLC

Steve Chisholm, Sr.

Founder, Aspen Tree Expert Co.

Barry C Emens

Chairman, Riverton Shade Tree Board

Dr. Jason Grabosky

Director, General Honors Program; School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Co-Director, Center for Resilient Landscapes, A Joint Venture of Rutgers NJ Agricultural Exp. Station and the USDA Forest Service
The John and Eleanor Kuser Faculty Scholar in Urban and Community Forestry Rutgers University

Lori Jenssen

Executive Director, New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association & New Jersey Forestry Association

Vinh Lang

Forestry Consultant, Pine Creek Forestry LLC

Melanie Hughes McDermott, PhD.

Sustainability Institute for Sustainable Jersey

Lisa Simms

Executive Director, New Jersey Tree Foundation

Matt Simons

Retired, Electric Utility Forester

Pam Zipse

Outreach Coordinator for the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program

NJ Community Forestry Council Bylaws

Meeting Schedule, Agendas and Minutes

Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 11, 2021 Agenda Minutes
May 13, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 9, 2021 Agenda Minutes
December 9, 2021 Agenda Minutes

January 13, 2022

Agenda Minutes

March 10, 2022

Agenda

Minutes
May 12, 2022 Agenda Minutes
July 14, 2022 Agenda Minutes
September 8, 2022 Meeting Cancelled
December 8, 2022 Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2023 Agenda

View NJ Community Forestry Council Meeting Archives (Coming Soon) 

Interested in joining the NJ Community Forestry Council?

Submit a cover letter describing your interest in service on the council and your resume or description of experience with your name, affiliation, and description of your background and expertise with respect to trees and tree care to: NJ State Forester, Todd Wyckoff, todd.wyckoff@dep.nj.gov please copy Regional Forester Carrie Sargeant carrie.sargeant@dep.nj.gov

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Press Releases

Urban & Community Forestry Program press releases are found on the main New Jersey Forest Service homepage.