Shade Tree Commission

The Shade Tree Commission, created by the Borough of Sea Girt, is comprised of residents, appointed by the Council to monitor tree planting, pruning or removal. They serve without compensation for their terms of office and with all the rights, duties, and obligations provided for in the Borough Code.

Shade Tree Commission Approval

The Borough of Sea Girt has many mature trees and shrubs that enhance our community’s beauty and appeal. Borough officials realize the importance of preserving this natural asset and have given the Shade Tree Commission the sole responsibility of regulating the planting, maintenance, and removal of all trees planted within the right-of-way areas adjoining our streets.

All property owners in the Borough must obtain approval to plant, prune, or remove any trees or shrubs in their front yard between the sidewalk and street. Shade tree approval is mandatory, but free of charge. Assistance can also be provided to help you select the appropriate tree for planting or recommend the proper care for existing trees. Please click here for the link to the List of Trees Approved for Apron Planting

If you wish to contact the Commission, please use the SHADE TREE Work App – Proposed on our Forms and Documents page under Shade Tree Commission.

NJ Commercial License Plate – We Treasure Our Trees

Another way to help the greening of New Jersey is through the purchase of the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles (NJ DMV) commercial vehicle license plate, We Treasure Our Trees, which funds New Jersey’s Shade Tree and Community Forest Program.

Proceeds from the sale of these attractive license plates will fund tree planting projects, improve wildlife habitats, promote clean air and water, reduce energy costs, fund hometown beautification projects and educate the citizens on the importance of trees, forests and their role in the maintenance of a clean and healthy environment.

The plate, available from NJ DMV, features (in full color) the State Tree of New Jersey – the Red Oak and the New Jersey Memorial Tree – the Dogwood.

Crescent Park Stewardship Plan

The subject property is located one block in from the ocean, approximately midway between the northern and southern extents of Sea Girt Borough as shown in blue on the map below. The parcel is bound to the west by a road called The Crescent, and is bound in the east by private residences that lie between the park and the oceanfront. Crescent park is most easily accessed from 1st Avenue, which cuts through the eastern half of the park and includes a number of pull-offs for parking. The adjacent beachfront residences are also accessed via 1st Avenue, with driveways extending through the east side of the park.

Historical accounts indicate that the area known as Sea Girt consisted primarily of cultivated farmland throughout much of the 1800’s. However, the harsh conditions and nutrient poor soils directly adjacent to the ocean are typically poorly suited to row cropping, and were undoubtedly left as maritime forest cover. Forests were also maintained along the coast to provide a buffer from the direct effects of high winds and sea surges during storm events. The town’s motto “Where the Cedars Meet the Sea” suggest at least anecdotal evidence of the significance of forests to the area. The borough of Sea Girt was established from Wall Township in 1917, and its origins can be traced to the Sea Girt Improvement Corporation, which had purchased the land to develop a speculative resort community. Aerial imagery from the 1930’s confirms that although a network of roads had been established in the borough, much of the uplands along the beachfront was still undeveloped and remained largely in forest cover at the time.


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