Mass/USDA Tree Poster Program:In Amherst, MA, arborists from the U Mass, and the USDA
Forest Service have developed
large poster size labels (similar to product labels on foods) listing
information about the species and the benefits such as
carbon extraction, stormwater intercepted,
property value increase, etc. These labels were hung from trees growing in
the town commons and park. We have requested more information on the
project. It looks like it could be useful to us in our education efforts.
Morris County Soil
Conservation District Seedlings Program: White pine and dogwood seedlings are
available for a nominal charge. We will order some of each for use in our
reforestation program. They must be ordered this month.
restoration: We have requested the paperwork to join the American Chestnut
Coordinators Foundation. Once we complete that, we can begin preparation
for planting/grafting of American Chestnuts this fall.
Fair:The Woodlands Committee
agreed to participate in the Fair this year. It will be held April 27 at
the high school. More details are forthcoming.
Deer Herd: We
discussed the deer herd photographed on Lake
Drive and featured on the Home
Page of the Borough website. There were about 20 deer. This could increase
the herd by as much as 60 deer in the spring. We will have to monitor the
situation carefully. It does demonstrate how quickly the herd can grow
without continued management.
Jerry spoke to Kelli O’Conner today to confirm
that the Eagle Scout candidate had obtained a list of the planting used in
the Tourne River Access restoration plot last year. Kelli
is going to send us a copy of the list to as well.
Cove Project Status: We reviewed the status
report from Margaret. It appears that the planting plan will go out for
bid next week and that the hardscape design is
very nearly finished.
Recommended Tree List for
We are working on a short list of recommended trees to furnish to
residents as a guide in their landscaping plans. Bob compile two extensive
lists from two different local expert sources. We winnowed out about a
third of them. Bob will recompile and reduced list, and we will circulate
it to the Committee members for review and comment.