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Shade Tree Committee

Meetings: when necessary at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Municipal Building

Please call the Borough Clerk's Office at 732-222-8221 with any questions

As Oceanport residents we all know Oceanport is a great place to live now lets help make it a more beautiful place to live. By adding trees to our parks and roadways we reduce our carbon foot print by helping to clean the air of pollutants. Trees also act as windbreaks and reduce noise from high-speed traffic and other sounds.  Trees and plant leaves, branches, and twigs all absorb sounds of different frequencies. Trees also are helpful against soil erosion, healthy forests and carefully planted trees protect soil from water erosion.

In the spring when migrating and song bird’s return to our area trees become homes to the wild life and while majestic they offer valuable cover to nesting and breeding birds. Trees also save energy by shading - one tree has the cooling effect of five air conditioners.

In winter, when all other food is blanketed with snow, seeds and fruits of trees and shrubs provide food for non-migratory species. The winter of 2009-2010 was one with an exceptional amount of snow fall for all of Monmouth County. Trees act as a living snow fence. Properly planting a living fence of trees and shrubs parallel to a roadway or driveway helps hold snow back from the roadway. Recent studies show windbreaks can reduce winter fuel consumption by 10 to 30 percent. 

We like trees around us because they make life more pleasant. Most of us respond to the presence of trees by simply observing their beauty. We feel serene, peaceful, restful and tranquil in a grove of trees, we are at home there. The strong ties between people and trees are most evident in the resistance of community residents to removing tress for widening a street or the efforts made to save a particularly large or historic tree in a community.

Because of their potential of long life, trees are frequently planted as memorials to lost loved ones, favorite charities or foundations. We often become personally attached to a tree that we or a loved one planted or memorialized.

Oceanport is again accepting applications for Memorial Trees to be planted this spring in the Maria Gatta Park. In addition to the planted tree, a commemorative bronze plaque at the base of the tree will reflect the sponsor’s wishes to acknowledge the tribute of the tree.  The anticipated life of all selected trees, now and for future plantings, is in excess of 100 years.

The trees shall be planted along Port-au-Peck Avenue and will minimally be 3” to 4” caliper. We chose London Plane trees primarily for their rapid growth, strong upright spreading branches, resistance to diseases and these trees can easily live for well over a 100 years and grow to over 80 feet in height.

The tress shall be planted approximately 25’ to 30’ apart and several feet from the forsythia bushes that were installed last year. These are strong deciduous trees with bark that is attractively mottled in patches that can be creamy white to olive green. They are also tolerant of heat, droughts, urban pollution and a wide variety of soil conditions. They are an excellent street tree. These trees will eventually provide shade for the park, the planned walkway around the park and the street. The trees will be pruned and maintained to allow for the power lines and still permit the trees to grow to their full potential.

Figure 1 below shows the bark described on the London Plane Tree while figure 2 shows the actual leaf and figure 3 depicts the full tree.
Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3

The anticipated cost of $800.00 includes; the planted tree, the commemorative bronze plaque, the mounting base and on-going maintenance. 

If you would like to place an order for your Memorial Tree please click here and complete the online request form. If you have questions about this program, or have another concern for the Shade Tree Committee, contact the Borough Office at: 732-222-8221 to leave a message. A member of the committee will return your call.



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Chairperson Michael Tober  
Vice-Chairperson William Sullivan  
Recording Secretary    
Member Bruce Williams  
Member Jaye Morton  
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Council Liaison Jerry Bertekap  
Council Liaison Ellynn Kahle  
Council Liaison Joseph Irace