Commission Meetings

January 24 February 28
March 28  April 25
May 23  June 27
July 25  August 22
September 26  October 24
November 14 * December 19 *

Meetings held: Fourth Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Fanwood Community House, 230 North Avenue, Fanwood except for the months with an (*)

75 N. Martine Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023
(908) 322-8236
Steven Falco, Chairman

The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission was created with the passage of a local ordinance in 1962. It is the responsibility of the commission to maintain and protect all shade trees on Borough property, in Borough parks and along all Borough streets. All trees within 10 feet of a Borough street or roadway are the responsibility of the Shade Tree Commission.

Residents are advised to contact Borough Hall if they have any concerns regarding a Borough tree. Borough Hall will then put the resident in touch with the Shade Tree Commissioner assigned to your area of town. Or, you may fill out the following form, and the Commission will respond:


It is against the law for a resident to cut, prune, damage or disturb a Borough tree.

There are five Shade Tree Commissioners who usually meet the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:30PM at the Fanwood Community House. See the Community Calendar for exact dates.

Commission Members

Steve Falco Chair
Adele Kenny
Dean Talcott
Joanne Muoio
Thomas Plante
Claudia Heffner Alternate #1
Michelle Gardella Alternate #2
Katherine Mitchell Council Liaison

We plant the trees that make the whole town green!

Each year the Shade Tree Commission plants trees on the public right of ways and on borough properties. If you would like a street tree planted in front of your home, please contact the Shade Tree Commission at

Members of the Park Middle School Environmental Club learn to mulch trees during a workshop at Carriage House Park.

The club members learned to never pile mulch up against the tree trunk but instead to spread the mulch in a donut shape around the tree. The workshop was sponsored by the Fanwood Shade Tree Commission.

Emerald Ash Borer Homeowner’s Action Plan

  The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that infests and kills only ash trees. The Emerald Ash Borer was first found in Michigan several years ago and devastated ash trees there. The Emerald Ash Borer has now been found in New Jersey in several counties including Somerset and Middlesex and may now be in Union County. All ash trees in New Jersey are at risk for infestation by the Emerald Ash Borer.

May 1st, 2017|