Shade Tree Commission

Trees Changing Color in a ParkMeetings

  • 5 pm
  • The 4th Tuesday of the month
  • Monument Hall - East Conference Room
    1 Monument Drive
    Princeton, NJ 08540

Visitors are invited to comment and make presentations at the beginning of each meeting. All meeting dates are subject to change. Please check the calendar for updates.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

  • Sharon Ainsworth, Chair
  • Lily Krauss, Vice Chair
  • Victoria Airgood
  • Patricia Frawley
  • Alexandra Radbil
  • Janet Stern
  • Raymond Devoe, Alternate 1
  • Sandra Chen, Alternate 2
  • Municipal Council Liaison: Michelle Pirone Lambros

Responsibilities

The Princeton Shade Tree Commission (STC) advises the Mayor and Council on all issues related to trees and shrubs and works with employees and residents of the municipality to maintain the health and diversity of the town's urban forest and street trees. At its meetings, the STC invites the public to air concerns and has responsibility for deciding appeals and recommending informal resolution of complaints.

The STC is authorized to review tree surveys, removal plans, and planting plans submitted with land development applications and report on its findings to the planning board or zoning board.

Further Responsibilities in the Community

The STC also:

  • Inventories Princeton's municipal trees
  • Promotes public awareness of proper tree care
  • Alerts residents and the municipality to threats from pests, diseases, and other potential dangers
  • Proposes and writes ordinances, amendments, resolutions, and policies relating to trees
  • Works with the arborist to complete and adhere to the five-year Community Forestry Management Plan submitted to the New Jersey Community Forestry Council
  • Assists in renewing Princeton's Tree City USA status
  • Participates in Arbor Day each year
  • Distributes hundreds of seedlings annually at public events

Tree City USA

Princeton is pleased to have been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.