Borough of Glen Ridge
David Lustberg, Principal in Charge
James Ribaudo, Project Manager
Master Plan Completed: Fall 2015
Total Project Size
1. Inventory & Analysis
2. Concept Design
3. Master Plan Report
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Glen Ridge Shade Tree Master Plan
The nearly 3,700 public shade trees that line the streets of the Borough of Glen Ridge are one of the community’s greatest assets and contributors of clean air, shaded streets, high property values and the slowing of stormwater run-off. Yet, this valuable asset is in decline with nearly 60 trees dying and being removed each year. Faced with an aging tree population, a Maple-dominant monoculture subject to pests and disease-related problems, and severely constrained planting strips between the road and sidewalks, the community has recognized that they face a sizable challenge to ensure that the beauty of Glen Ridge is maintained for future generations.
As a result, the Shade Tree Commission was established to develop a strategy for preserving and expanding street trees in Glen Ridge. Arterial was selected to create a Community Forest Master Plan that would analyze the current conditions of trees and outline key recommendations. In particular, this document addresses the following goals for the management of public shade trees in Glen Ridge:
Preserve the Borough’s historic character by planting and caring for its public shade trees.
Identify, celebrate and preserve unique street trees and stands of historic trees as “Heritage Trees”.
Define gateway streets and intersections through the use of specialized and well-maintained ornamental planting designs
Develop rules, standards and strategies for shade tree plantings and maintenance in order to expand the tree canopy throughout the Borough
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