Shade Tree


Linda McCardell, Chairperson
Carolyn Budd
Tim Gower
Elizabeth Rossell, Liaison to the Township Committee
Christine Andres, Secretary

2020 Meeting Schedule

February 3, 2020Agenda
March 23, 2020
April 13, 2020


A Tree City USA and Tree City Growth Award Community

Southampton Township has been designated as a Tree City USA community for 19 years. In addition, Southampton Township has received two Tree City USA Growth Awards. To learn more about these programs, click the following:

Tree City USA NJ

Tree City USA

Tree City Growth Awards

Our Community Forestry Management Plan

The New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act was passed on December 5, 1996 to provide liability protection, involving hazardous tree situations, to municipalities with a Shade Tree Commission as long as four requirements under the Act are satisfied. Satisfying these requirements is known as “Approved Status”. The Act has ensured that Shade Tree Commissions are in place to provide more livable communities through the care and management of trees throughout New Jersey.

A current and approved Southampton Township Community Forestry Management Plan is required to maintain “Approved Status”. It is also required that Southampton Township have at least 2 CORE trained individuals, one municipal employee and one community volunteer. At least 2 individuals representing the municipality must accrue a total of 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) annually. An Annual Accomplishment Report recording our Community Forestry Management Plan implementation must be submitted at the end of each calendar year. Having “Approved Status opens” the door for valuable Community Stewardship Incentive Program (CSIP) Grants to assist in plan implementation.

To learn more about Southampton’s Community Forestry Management Plan and the New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act, click the following:

Southampton’s CFMP 2013-2017

Community Forestry Assistance Act Guidelines

NJ Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act

Gypsy Moth

Southampton is a Wooded Community.  As such, Gypsy Moth infestation is always a risk, and some years, it can be a public emergency.   In the event of an emergency, outbreak or potential outbreak, up-to-date information will be posted on this page.

Even during non-emergency situations, home and landowners should make themselves aware of the risks of Gypsy Moth, how to recognize the larva, how to report potential outbreaks and ways to safe and legally protect their trees.

Links & Useful Information

Homeowner’s Guide to Gypsy Moth Management – 19-page pdf. version of a publication of West Virginia University Extension Service.

2008 SPRAY TARGET AREAS IN SOUTHAMPTON (Revised February, 2008 – MAP)

Link to GYPSY MOTH ALERT – A Comprehensive private web site

New Jersey Dept. of Agriculture Gypsy Moth Suppression section

Article: Ways YOU can keep Gypsy Moths Under Control

Contact Information for Private Spray Vendors

Managing Tree Pests and Diseases

Detecting and managing the effects of pests and diseases is critical to the long-term sustainability of our community’s tree resource.  The following information has been compiled to help you successfully detect and manage harmful pests and diseases.

Emerald Ash Borer

Tent Caterpillars

Southern Pine Beetle

Gypsy Moths

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Spotted Lanternfly

Additional Tree Pests

Tree Diseases

Hazardous Trees

Trees add to our enjoyment of outdoor experiences. Too often, we are unaware of the risks associated with defective trees, which can cause personal injury and property damage. Interest in hazard tree management has increased in recent years due to safety and liability concerns resulting from preventable accidents. Recognizing hazardous trees and taking proper corrective actions can protect property and save lives. A hazard tree has defects that weaken the tree’s integrity and has the potential to strike a target. A target is anything of value such as a person, car, or house.

 Tree Risk Management

 How to Recognize Hazardous Defects in Trees

Tree Care and Planting

Trees require maintenance. Properly prune all trees to promote good structure. When planting a tree, remember to choose the right tree for the right place. During construction, take care not to injure the tree or its roots.

Right Tree in the Right Place

How to Prune Trees

Tree Owner’s Manual

How to Plant Bare Root Trees

How to Plant Containerized Trees

How to Plant Balled and Burlapped Trees

Your Electric Utility and Trees

Tree trimming and occasional tree removal is a critical to delivering safe and reliable electric service.  Our electric utilities have developed an effective tree maintenance program to meet municipal, state, and federal regulations for minimum clearances between trees and power lines.  The work their licensed, professional foresters and contract tree pruning experts do is for public safety and reliability.

Atlantic City Electric’s Tree Trimming/Removal Program

Jersey Central Power & Light’s Tree Trimming/Removal Program

Public Service Electric & Gas’s Tree Trimming/Removal Program


Wildfires not only damage our woodlands, but are becoming an increasing threat to homeowners who live within or adjacent to forest environments. Southampton Township has adopted a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) to reduce the threat of wildfire. In addition, two HOA communities in our municipality have become Firewise Communities.

Southampton’s CWPP 2013-2021

Leisuretowne’s Firewise Plan 2013-2019

The Grande at Burrs Mill 2014-2019


Firewise Brochures and Booklets

NJ Forest Fire Service

Celebrating Arbor Day

More than 135 years ago, J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. Arbor Day is a special day for tree planting. The celebration of Arbor Day represents a priceless opportunity for children to take positive action to make their world a better place and to learn about trees. It also serves as an opportunity for neighbors to join together for the benefit of all. For communities, it is a special day to reach across barriers of income, geography, culture, and politics to work for the common good and celebrate life and interconnectedness of all creation. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own celebration, here are a few suggestions.

Celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day Information


As part of our Community Forestry Management Plan, we are required to write articles related to tree topics. Here are some of the articles the Shade Tree Commission has published.

Atlantic White Cedar

Sweet Bay Magnolia

Identify Hazard Trees before the Winter Begins

Additional Tree Information Resources

Explore the wealth of tree information on the web about tree care and responsible forest management! Together, we can all be community stewards of our precious trees!

Arbor Day Foundation

NJ Shade Tree Federation

NJ Forest Service

US Forest Service

US Forest Service-Mid-Atlantic Region

US Forest Service-Northeastern Area

National Wildlife Federation

Tree Forms

The forms list below should be filed out and submitted to the Public Works Department. You can send the forms to Shade Tree Commission, 5 Retreat Road, Southampton, New Jersey, 08088 or by emailing

Tree Service Form

Grass Cut It and Leave It

What To Do With Cut Grass?

The objective of these programs is to get residents to leave grass clippings on the lawn when they mow as grass clippings provide a natural and healthy fertilizer for a growing lawn. The NJDEP, Bureau of Pesticide Operations and the Center for Turf grass Science advocate this approach to lawn care. By cutting your lawn short and removing the clippings, you are robbing your lawn of its own natural fertilizer and creating a waste that must be hauled away for disposal or recycling by a truck. This, of course, adds to the negative environmental impact of this practice since disposal vehicles use fuel and produce air pollution. By cutting your lawn higher and leaving the clippings on the lawn, you can use less water, fertilizer and pesticides, and expose yourself to fewer toxic materials.

Click on the link for the brochure.

NJ Department of Environmental Permission Brochure on Grass Recycling

Information from the Burlington County Recycling  RECYCLE … naturally – Grass, Cut It and Leave It – An Environmentally Friendly Lawn Maintenance Program.

Click on link for more information:

Burlington County Grass Recycling Brochure

Rutgers Brochure – Minimizing Waste Disposal Grass Clippings