HAMILTON, NJ -- Utiltizing a state Community Forestry grant, Hamilton Township will conduct its first-ever comprehensive inventory of curbside trees to figure out if invasive insects -- specifically the Emerald Ash Borer -- are killing trees across the township. According to the New Jersey State Department of Agriculture, the Emerald Ash Borer, which is a beetle native to Asia, has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the United States and Canada since 2002.
Hamilton recently secured a $10,000 Community Stewardship Incentive Program grant through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection through the work of the Township's planning division and Shade Tree Advisory Commission that began investigating grant opportunities in 2017.
Beginning this month, and lasting forapproximately three weeks, a state licensed tree expert, Davey Resource Group, will conduct the inventory of trees along township right-of-way areas between curbs and sidewalks. Trees on property beyond the sidewalk will not be inspected. Additionally, considering some of the recent severe storms that impacted our community and may have damaged trees, this inventory will assist in identifying dead or decaying curbside trees, enabling proactive remedial action.
“As a long-standing Tree City USA recipient, this is just another effort that illustrates our community’s concern for our local environment and our curbside shade trees,” Mayor Kelly Yaede said.
Last year, Hamilton celebrated its thirteenth consecutive Tree City USA Award. The program is administered by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the Urban and Community Forestry Program and the National Association of State Foresters to recognize communities that demonstrate a commitment to urban forest management efforts.
“Beyond helping to address any issues resulting from the Emerald Ash Borer, this effort will provide an inventory of all of our hometown’s curbside trees, which will be useful for the planning of future tree planting projects,” Yaede added.
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