HOBOKEN, NJ - The year 2020 is proving to be tough on everything, including the trees. Here in Hoboken, the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the spring planting. Then just last week, Tropical Storm Isaias blew into town and knocked down scores of new and old growth trees citywide.

Notably, Maxwell Park on the northern end of Hoboken's Hudson River Waterfront lost 21 trees to the storm—many of which were blown over roots and all.

"Twenty-one trees have been determined to be damaged by an arborist," said Hoboken Spokesman Vijay Chaudhuri, "and will be replaced by 21 new trees by the Maxwell Park Board, in consultation with the Shade Tree Commission."

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Second Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher said, "I spoke with our Director of Environmental Services, and she informed me that the City, the Maxwell Park Board and Hoboken's Shade Tree Commission brought in arborists and determined, sadly, that the trees could not be saved."

Fisher adds, "the trees there were London Plane (a sycamore species). And although considered a tree that can be planted in urban locations, it has been the view of some that these trees were always subject to this type of damage and that there may be others more suitable to the area."

New trees in Maxwell Park could be in place as soon as October.

For those interested in having a say in the future of Hoboken's trees, the City invites members of the public to apply for membership on the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission volunteer board—which consists of five members and two alternate members appointed by the Mayor.

Members must be Hoboken residents. Anyone interested in applying to become a Shade Tree Commission Member, please visit https://www.hobokennj.gov/municipal-boards and click "Apply for a Board." 

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