WESTFIELD, NJ — During a town council conference meeting last week, Councilman Sam Della Fera, liaison to the tree preservation committee, said that the committee has been inundated with applications since an ordinance passed in June that prevents developers and property owners from clear-cutting trees without a permit.

The ordinance requires anyone cutting down three or more trees eight inches wide at breast height within a six-month period to first get a permit from the town. It also includes a notice provision so that neighbors must be notified as to when the trees will be removed.

“I’m happy to say that the ordinance is working already,” Della Fera said.

As a result of working with the town, developers are agreeing to retain more mature trees and development is taking place in a more responsible manner, Della Fera told the council.