The Princeton Shade Tree Commission 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.

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; and proposes and writes ordinances, amendments, resolutions, and policies relating to trees. It also 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; and distributes hundreds of seedlings annually at public events.

Of interest to residents of Princeton is the tree inventory that is currently being updated. To access the current inventory, please follow the instructions provided in “How to Look Up a Municipal Street Tree in the Princeton Tree Inventory".

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

If you have questions or comments for the Shade Tree Commission, complete this form.

STC Members:

  • Sharon Ainsworth, Chair
  • Lily Krauss, Vice Chair
  • Victoria Airgood
  • Welmoet Bok van Kammen
  • Raymond Devoe (Alt 1)
  • Patricia Frawley
  • Sandra Chen (Alt 2)
  • Alexandra Radbil
  • Janet Stern

Municipal Council Liaison: Michelle Pirone Lambros

All meeting dates are subject to change. Please check the calendar for updates.

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Ordinance Description
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AN ORDINANCE BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF PRINCETON CONCERNING TREES AND SHRUBS AND AMENDING THE “CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, 1974” AND “CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, 1968.”
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Adopted
Introduced:
Public Hearing:
Date Adopted:
September 12, 2016
Defeated:
AN ORDINANCE BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF PRINCETON CONCERNING TREES AND SHRUBS AND SPECIFICALLY THE INFESTATION OF THE EMERALD ASH BORER, AND AMENDING THE “CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, 1968.”
Status:
Adopted
Introduced:
Public Hearing:
Date Adopted:
October 24, 2016
Defeated:

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