About Shade Trees

What is a Shade Tree?

  • Any deciduous tree within the borough Right-of-way
  • Deciduous-a tree which loses its leaves every fall
  • Borough Right-of-way usually 10 feet from the curb

Reasons why you should plant trees

  • They are good for us!
  • Trees store carbon and clean the atmosphere. In 50 years, one tree generates $30,000 in oxygen, recycles $35,000 of water and removes $ 60,000 of air pollution.
  • Tree shade reduces air conditioning costs in residential and commercial buildings by 15-50 percent, thereby reducing the need for generation of more electricity.
  • Properly placed and cared for trees and shrubs significantly increase residential and commercial property values.
  • Trees connect us with nature and reinforce spiritual and cultural values.
  • Trees prevent soil erosion and decrease water runoff
  • Trees provide homes for animals
  • Trees add beauty and grace to a community setting. They make life more enjoyable, peaceful and relaxing.

*If you are interested in having a Shade Tree planted in your Right-of-Way, please make your request by sending a letter to the Shade Tree Commission
with your name, address, and phone number.