The Princeton Shade Tree Commission serves to protect and manage our community forest and shade trees.  Trees and shrubs are a natural resource that provide aesthetic, economic, ecological, environmental and health benefits to the municipality of Princeton and its inhabitants. The treatment of trees and shrubs on individual properties can have significant impact not only on those individual properties, but also on neighboring properties, the street scape, the tree canopy and the entire municipality. Princeton’s tree and shrub ordinance (unofficial version) establishes rules and regulations for the stewardship of this resource within Princeton, on both public and private property. 

Princeton’s five-year Community Forestry Management Plan has been approved by the State and the New Jersey Community Forestry Council. The goal of the plan is to enhance, maintain, and support a sustainable community forest in a proactive and cost-effective manner that promotes the aesthetic, environmental, economic, cultural, and social vitality of Princeton.

Of interest to residents of Princeton is the tree inventory which has been completed by Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Click on the Tree Inventory to obtain an up to date report on Princeton's street trees, including location, species and status. This page provides user instructions.

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

STC Members:

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

Municipal Council Liaison: Mayor Liz Lempert

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

Ordinances

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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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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.”
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FAQs

What is a tree worth, anyway?
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What is a tree worth, anyway?
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Is there a rule forbidding nails/staples for posters on tree trunks?
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Is there a rule forbidding nails/staples for posters on tree trunks?
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How should I select a tree specialist?
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How should I select a tree specialist?
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Can I request that the Municipal Arborist visit my property to assess the condition of a particular tree or trees or otherwise advise me on questions related to my private trees?
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Can I request that the Municipal Arborist visit my property to assess the condition of a particular tree or trees or otherwise advise me on questions related to my private trees?
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What do I do with dead branches in my yard?
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What do I do with dead branches in my yard?
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How deep should the mulch be around my trees, and what kind is best?
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How deep should the mulch be around my trees, and what kind is best?
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How can I donate a tree to the municipality? May a memorial or honorary tree be planted in the town, and what is the procedure?
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How can I donate a tree to the municipality? May a memorial or honorary tree be planted in the town, and what is the procedure?
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Can I request a tree be planted curbside? How does the municipality decide on the type of tree to plant?
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Can I request a tree be planted curbside? How does the municipality decide on the type of tree to plant?
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May I prune a neighbor’s yard trees where they overhang my property?
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May I prune a neighbor’s yard trees where they overhang my property?
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What are the penalties for cutting down a tree without a permit?
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What are the penalties for cutting down a tree without a permit?
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