Morris Plains the Community of Caring
531 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains, NJ 07950     973-538-2224

Shade Tree Commission


The Shade Tree Commission was established to ensure the appropriate management of the Morris Plains community forest. It has responsibility for the regulation, planting and care of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery located in the Borough of Morris Plains on public property.

The Commission assists the Board of Adjustment and Planning Board in an advisory capacity when applications involve the preservation and inventory of trees within the borough.

Critical objectives for the Shade Tree Commission are:

  • Implementation of the Morris Plains Community Forestry Management Plan (CFMP), including tree planting, tree maintenance, tree care disaster planning, tree hazard management, and public education, awareness and outreach.
  • Attaining “approval status” for the town with NJ Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act

The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Morris Plains Department of Public Works and an arborist to accomplish these objectives.


NameTitleTerm Expires
RoseMary DohertyChair12/31/2026
Frank DruetzlerMember12/31/2024
Marianne SteckertMember12/31/2025
Robert McAlearVice Chair12/31/2027
Michael Lombardi12/31/2028
Joan GoddardCouncil Liasion
David Dubee, Greenwood Tree ExpertsForester
Karen CoffeyBoard Secretary

*Members can be reappointed after term expires.


The Shade Tree Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month (except August).

Plant-A-Tree Program

Link to Plant-A-Tree Program