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Shade Tree Commission

The Township of Ocean Shade Tree Commission is composed of residents of the Township of Ocean appointed by the Township Manager.  The Shade Tree Commission exercises control over the regulation, planting, care and control of the trees and shrubbery located along the streets, public places and parks in the Township of Ocean.

Urban Tree Canopy Assessment

Bareroot tree planting and care instructions

Tubeling planting instructions

Potential Tree Species

Preservation of Trees

The Shade Tree Commission generally meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M.

  • October 5, 2023
  • November 2, 2023
  • December 7, 2023
  • January 4, 2024
  • February 8, 2024
  • March 7, 2024
  • April 4, 2024
  • May 2, 2024
  • June 6, 2024

The Shade Tree Commission meetings are held virtually at this time. Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone US +1(669) 224-3412. Access Code: 806-959-357

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Click here for a link to meeting agendas and minutes.

The members of the Shade Tree Commission are:

  • Norman Colten, Chairperson (term exp. 12/31/26)
  • Moshe Gordon (term exp. 12/31/26)                
  • Jack Kearns (term exp. 12/31/25)
  • Stephen Gaudette, (12/31/26)
  • Patty Cronheim (12/31/26)
  • Ken Lutz, Alternate I (12/31/24)
  • Gene Armstrong, Alternate II (1/16/26)
  • , Council Liaison

You may contact the Shade Tree Commission through Donna Oates by e-mail at or call (732) 531-5000, ext. 3301.

Click here for a copy of Ordinance # 2381

Click here for a copy of Ordinance # 2386