As new trees continue to be planted in Bayonne, Mayor James Davis outlined how the city supports the planting of trees through its programs for public works, parks, and planning.
“Bayonne has been a Tree City USA for twenty-five years, as designated by the Arbor Day National Foundation,” Davis said. “Through our municipal programs, we encourage the planting of trees throughout the community.”
According to Davis, the Bayonne Department of Public Works and Parks has planted 21 trees during 2021. Additionally, the DPW has ordered another 12 trees, for a total of 33. Of the 33 trees, two have been planted in parks, and two will be placed in parks, while the rest have gone or will be going to residential areas.
Six of the 33 trees were donated by NB Earth Talks, an environmental and conservation organization based in North Bergen. NB Earth Talks coordinated the donation of trees to the City of Bayonne with the Department of Public Works and Parks.
Two of the trees from NB Earth Talks were planted in Halecky-IMTT Park on Bayonne’s East Side on Oct. 14. The other four trees from NB Earth Talks have been planted on residential streets: one tree on West 21st Street; one on Avenue A; another by the public library at 31st Street and Avenue C; and the last one by the 4th Street Senior Center.
The six trees were funded by contributions made as part of the Hudson County Tree Project, a fundraiser organized by NB Earth Talks to support the planting of more trees in municipalities across the county. For more information, go to www.gofundme.com/hudson-county-trees.
In addition to donations, trees are a major part of the plans when the city renovates parks. Currently, there are a few parks undergoing renovations that will see more trees added when completed.
At Fitzpatrick Park between 26th and 27th Streets on Avenue C, at least 20 trees will be planted. The park is currently being renovated at the same time that a new storm water piping system is being installed beneath it.
At Collins Park on 1st Street, many trees in the park had to be taken down due to environmentally damaged soil. The soil is being removed as part of an environmental remediation and thus the trees had to go too. According to City Engineer Rob Russo, 105 new trees will be planted in Collins Park.
Codified in ordinances
Bayonne’s planning and zoning ordinance states that “street trees shall be required on all development applications.” The ordinance requires that trees be planted “so as not to interfere with utilities, roadways, or sidewalks.”
The local law also provides lists of trees to be planted in street lawns of 2.5 to 4 feet wide, and in street lawns less than 30 inches wide. Trees recommended for broader lawns are Columnar Oakleaf Mountain Ash, Autumn Flowing Cherry, Columnar Sargent Cherry, American Hophornbeam, Turkish Filbert, and Yellowwood. The trees recommended for the smaller lawns are Accolade Flowering Cherry, Amangawa Cherry, Tea Crab, Golden Rain Tree, Crimson Cloud Hawthorn, Washington Hawthorn, Japanese Tree Lilac, Japanese Maple, Cumulus Shadblow, and Pink Shadblow.
The city’s tree protection ordinance requires the city maintain at least the existing number of trees located between the fronts of properties and the curbs. Under the ordinance, if a tree is taken down in the public right of way, the owner must either plant a new tree or pay $250 into the municipal tree fund. That fund is used to purchase new trees for parks and other locations, to ensure the number of trees in Bayonne does not decline.
For more information, call the Department of Public Works and Parks at 201-858-6131.
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