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Address: 50 Washington Avenue, Dumont, New Jersey 07628}
Phone: 201-387-5027
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.dumontshadetree.org
Newsletter: https://www.dumontshadetree.org/newsletter

Cathy Romeo, Shade Tree Secretary

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:30pm, 2:30-4:30pm

In keeping with State and local guidelines, the Dumont Shade Tree Commission (DSTC) has adopted the following policy for non-essential work and activity:

Borough Trees:
owners can request inspections through the website (www.dumontshadetree.org) so that tree issues are recorded. Note that unsafe tree issues that pose an imminent potential hazard will be dealt with immediately. Notify Borough police 201-387-5000 or 911 if such a situation exists.

Tree Permits:
Tree permits can be filed through the mail and recorded. Inspections will not be conducted until it is deemed safe to do so by State and local authorities. No trees can be removed until inspections have been completed.  Note that unsafe tree issues that pose an imminent potential hazard should be dealt with immediately. Notify Borough police 201-387-5000 or 911 if such a situation exists.

The DSTC supports the health and well-being of the community in all aspects and will adhere to public health guidelines. We wish you to be safe and healthy, including mental health. Get outside and walk among the trees. The Arboretum remains an oasis in town. Remember to keep a safe distance while enjoying the trees.


Rachel Bunin (term exp. 12/31/26)
Tom Fisichella (term exp. 12/31/28)
Tanya Zimmerman (term exp. 12/31/25)
Stephanie Petriello (term exp. 12/31/27)
Sasha Attanassio (term exp. 12/31/24)
Sally Tayeb (term exp. 12/31/25) 
Wayne A. Cahilly (term exp. 12/31/27)
Daniel LaBarbera, Council Liaison

Meeting Schedule - 2024

January 8
February 12
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 17 @ the Arboretum (weather permitting)
July 15 @ the Arboretum (weather permitting)
August 17 @ the Arboretum (weather permitting)
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16

* Except where noted, all meetings will be held at the Dumont Borough Hall, 50 Washington Avenue, at 7:30pm.



Tree Removal Permit Requirement

The Borough of Dumont has passed an amendment to the Shade Tree ordinance that requires a permit before ANY tree can be removed within the Borough, effective September 20, 2013. This ordinance applies to all trees, be they on private property or on public right of way. Before ANY tree can be removed, the homeowner or contractor will need to secure a permit for a fee of $25.00.

Mission Statement & Summary of DSTC Activities

"Caring for Trees Today, Planting Trees for Tomorrow"

The Dumont Shade Tree Commission is committed to promote a sustainable and productive community forest and shade tree resource that will subsequently improve the quality of life for the residents of the Borough of Dumont.

Formally established by Ordinance in 2007, the DSTC is an active participant in the New Jersey Community Forestry Program. Our NJ Forestry Service Approved Management Plan includes multiple CSIP Target Activities, meeting annual training requirements, and special CORE Training for at least one municipal and one Volunteer participant. Please click on the below link to view the 2011-2015 Community Forestry Management Plan.

The 2008 Dumont Shade Tree Ordinance for Public Lands is the first formal regulation of Shade Trees in Dumont. The ordinance outlines definitions for ownership of a tree, the Right of Way, responsibilities and rights of the Borough and Property Owners regarding trees on Public Lands. In addition, in the event of an emergency or other public threat, the ordinance outlines the Borough's right to act with regard to trees on Private Land.

Why Dumont Shade Trees Are Important

  • Shade to cool our homes and streets
  • Flowers, Leaves & Fall Color
  • Peace and Serenity
  • Clean Air & Less Ozone
  • Reduced Rain Water Run-Off
  • Safety through intelligent maintenance
  • Better Local Business Streetscape;00
  • Higher Property Values (but not higher taxes!)

Get Involved!

Street Tree Survey

A great way to contribute your community volunteer hours and learn about our street trees for Scouts, Ecology Groups, and interested neighbors who want to improve their streetscape. Computer Geeks welcome to help set up iTree, the new US Forestry Service software that can predict such things as oxygen production and reduction in rainwater runoff.

Adopt-A-Tree Program

Free Street Trees planted in the Right Of Way (along the road), in exchange for the home owner's commitment to water the tree for at least 3 years and to watch out for it to prevent damage from cars, mowers, etc. A selection of trees is available for Small (under 25') Medium (25'-50') and Large (Over 50') site conditions. See the Adopt-A-Tree plantings at the Dumont Shade Tree Arboretum on West Shore Avenue along the railroad tracks. Applications for Spring Planting are due by the last day of January. Applications for Fall Planting are due by the last day of July.

Shade Tree Commission Agendas, Minutes, & Other Downloads