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Dunellen Shade Tree Commission

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Members needed to help beautify Dunellen. Contact Ken Baudendistel at, call Borough Hall at 732-968-3033, or click here for a copy of Dunellen's Citizen Leadership Form to indicate your interest in becoming a member of the Shade Tree Commission.


The Dunellen Shade Tree Commission is now on Facebook.

Shade Tree Facebook



Let's replace what Hurricane Sandy took! Bring the green back to Dunellen!

Hurricane Sandy took down 72 of our trees in Dunellen last October and we need your help. If you would like to replace the street tree in front of your house or in one of our 6 parks, this is your chance!

Residents responsibility

Dunellen Shade Tree Commission

Call 732 968 3033 to participate or for further information.
Thank you for your support.


Kenneth Baudendistel
term expires
Cindy Beam term expires 12/31/2014
Robert Rios term expires 12/31/2015
Sue Butterworth  term expires 12/31/2016
Erica Grun term expires 12/31/2016
Cate Walsh term expires 12/31/2014
Susan Valenta term expires  12/31/2014

The Dunellen Shade Tree Commission is entrusted with the regulation, planting, care, and control of shade tree and ornamental trees and shrubbery upon and in the streets, highways, public places, parks, parkways, and vacant lots of the Borough of Dunellen.

The Dunellen Shade Tree Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor and they serve as volunteers, without compensation.  Members are encouraged to attend forestry training and to attend the monthly meetings. 

Members of the Dunellen Shade Tree Commission at the Dunellen Street Fair, Sepember 26, 2010  

Pictured, left to right: Kenneth Baudendistel, Sue Butterworth, Mitch Weiss, and Cate Walsh, working the booth at the Dunellen Street Fair, September 26, 2010.


Street Fair, 2014

pictured, left to right: Robert Rios, Cate Walsh, Ken Baudendistel, Ellen Mackie

Arbor Day Foundation Names Dunellen Tree City USA for the Eleventh Year
Dunellen, NJ was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Dunellen achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Dunellen make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
Clean Air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
More information on the program is available at

For photographs of the Arbor Day Celebration that was held on May 14, 2011, click here.

To contact the DSTC:
Or visit us on face book:!/pages/Dunellen-Shade-Tree-Commission/159893800710284


On May 21, 2015, the Dunellen Shade Tree Commission was presented an award by the New Jersey Clean Communities Council for their participation in NJ Transit’s Adopt-A-Station Program.  The award was for groups who demonstrated spirit and community pride through cleaning and maintaining a NJ Transit rail station within their community. For the text of an article onthe award, click here.


Shade Tree Commission, Dunellen Municipal Code Chapter 74

Dunellen Tree Ordinance

Fines and Penalties for Violation of Tree Ordinance, 2008-03

Recommended Species for Street Planting

Dunellen Community Forestry Plan, January 2012, click here

Tree Identification Document

Tree Planting Specifications

Tree Maintenance Tips

Agenda and Minutes of the Shade Tree Commission:

March 3, 2011 
April 7, 2011
September 8, 2011
November 3, 2011
February 2, 2012
March 1, 2012
August 16, 2012
January 14, 2013
March 11, 2013
August 14, 2013
November 21, 2013
August 19, 2014
September 9, 2014

For a copy of the Community Stewardship Incentive Program (CSIP) Grant Application for 2013, click here