Information for Berkeley Heights Homeowners about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) from the NJ Department of Agriculture

All ash trees in NJ should be considered at high risk for EAB.

Work with a Certified (Licensed) Tree Expert or Approved Consulting Forester to help determine whether or not your ash trees are good candidates for a treatment program, or whether tree removal is the most appropriate response.

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Berkeley Heights Achieves Sustainable Jersey® Silver-Level Certification Again

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ  (December 26, 2014) --  Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Berkeley Heights has again met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification at the silver level. Berkeley Heights is one of only 27 New Jersey municipalities that have attained the silver-level certification.

“I want to thank the Environmental Commission and the green team members for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the Township,” said Mayor Bruno. “These people are volunteers who have given thousands of hours of their time to reach the silver level of certification and, in the process, have helped to make Berkeley Heights a better community.”

 

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What are Trees in Berkeley Heights Worth? A Million Dollars?

by Richard Leister

Berkeley Heights, NJ (July 21, 2014) -- Over the past three years trained volunteers under the auspices of the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission have been carrying out a survey of the trees along the right of way on Township streets. When residents see the volunteers measuring the trees, they often ask what’s happening.
The easy answer is the Township wants to know the condition of the trees, which so far number more than 4,600. But much more is involved in this survey.
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About the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission

 The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission was established to protect, develop or use natural resources, including water resources, located within the Township. The Environmental Commission is an advisory group with the responsibility to recommend plans and programs to the Planning Board for the development and use of open lands and wetlands. The commission is a statutory board of seven regular and two alternate Berkeley Heights’ residents. One regular member is designated as the Chair, and one is also a Planning Board member. All the members volunteer their time on a variety of projects and tasks, including:

- Reviewing all applications for development filed with the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment and recommending steps to assure the preservation and protection of natural resources to the appropriate board before the public hearing of the applications;

- Recommending policies and practices to the Township Council, the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment concerning open space preservation, water resource management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resource and protection of flora and fauna. Recent examples include the drafting of an update to the ordinance protecting trees in the Township and support of the new ordinance regulating construction on steep slopes;

- Promoting environmental awareness programs in the Berkeley Heights Schools; 

- Maintaining a Natural Resources Inventory, the Community Forestry Management Plan and Tree City USA status;

- Assisting with the street tree planting program;

- Working together with various other groups to preserve and improve the open space in Berkeley Heights. Some examples include the Passaic River Park Walkway and Peppertown Park. Both of these projects won ANJEC awards.