Residents invited to nominate their blocks for shade trees

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PHOTO COURTESY OF FERNBROOK FARMS NURSERY A man stands next to a Yosino Cherry Tree at Fernbrook Farms Nursery where the commission will purchase the trees.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Point Pleasant Beach Shade Tree Commission and the Fisher Family Fund have partnered once again to bring more shade trees to borough streets. 

This time, the commission’s new program gives residents and businesses the chance to “Nominate Your Block,” hoping to transform a relatively barren street in Point Pleasant Beach into a flourishing treescape in the future. 

If selected by the commission, the block will be the recipient of several new street trees, officials said.

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“Once again, the Fisher family of Point Pleasant Beach has generously sponsored this incentive through their Fisher Family Fund, thus ensuring a greater number of trees could be planted,” program organizers said.

Criteria for selecting a block include a mostly treeless block, the width of planting area between curb and sidewalk, and suitability of the location, according to organizers. 

Blocks without sidewalks are eligible for street trees planted in the first 10 to 12 feet from the street, organizers say. 

In 2020, the commission selected the 200 block of Niblick Street and 100 block of Atlantic Avenue as the recipients of the annual Nominate Your Block program. Commission members said both streets were virtually treeless.

If a block is selected, all property owners will be contacted to opt in or out, members said. 

To nominate a block, please text or call Louise Stillufsen at 732-773-1291, or email birkacorp@aol.com. The deadline for nominations is March 5. 

The commission is also still offering its Spring Big Beautiful Tree Program, offering residents an easy way to purchase trees for their property. 

There are two different tree sizes offered in the program.

Eight to twelve-foot shade and flowering trees are available for $350. Those trees include the red sunset maple, Valley Forge elm, skyline honey locust and London plane shade trees. Ornamental flowering trees in that size include Yoshino cherry, magnolia Ann, scarlet fire kousa dogwood and merlot redbud.

For $250, six to seven-foot evergreen trees are available as well. Those trees are the Serbian spruce, fernspray hinoki cypress, blue point juniper and ilex centennial girl holly. 

The program offers a tree, its delivery, professional planting and a one-year guarantee to residents looking to add some borough shade trees to their yards. 

According to commission organizers, residents may check with commission members for possible alternative tree varieties. 

Trees need to be ordered by Friday, March 19 and planting will take place in mid-April through May, according to the commission. 

Order forms are available at borough hall, by emailing member Dave Smith at davesmith7187@yahoo.com or calling member Don Rodgers at 908-451-3515.

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