The landscapes of our parks, woodlands, and neighborhoods all play an important role in cleaning the air and sustaining our ecosystem. With the unfortunate but necessary removal of hundreds of ash trees across the Township in both rights of way on streetscapes as well as on municipal property, the Township Committee has allocated over $100,000 for tree replacements, to begin restoring shaded canopies in our neighborhoods and parks. These funds will enable us to plant over 150 trees throughout the Township in 2022. Additional funding will be provided in future budgets to continue this initiative. To better maintain our expanse of public open space and remain competitive in purchasing land to preserve for public enjoyment, the governing body is bolstering our funding of our Open Space Trust Fund.
One way our community can support our environment is by encouraging the plantings of native plants on both public and private properties. Thanks to the diligent work of our Environmental Commission, the Township Committee approved a “Do Not Plant” list to help residents avoid planting species that are invasive to our open spaces and public lands. This invasive species resolution was preceded in 2020 by our ordinance banning the planting of uncontained bamboo. As a result of this initiative, when coming before our land use boards or governing body, commercial and residential developers will be asked to abstain from planting species that are harmful to our environment.