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Shade Tree Commission


On April 19, 2006, The Plainfield City Council enacted an ordinance creating the Shade Tree Commission to aid in protecting and establishing trees in the city, see Municipal Code at Chapter 3., Article 41. The power to regulate the planting and protection of shade trees is contained in New Jersey General Law at N.J.S.A. 40:64-01, et. seq.

The Shade Tree Commission is vested with the authority to regulate the planting, care and control of shade or ornamental trees and shrubbery in or on the streets, public places, parks and parkways in Plainfield. The Shade Tree Commission also advises the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment on Shade Tree concerns on public property and along public rights-of-way. The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Department of Public Works.

Plainfield is proud to be named a Tree City USA. This distinction is given by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of communities that have proven their commitment to an effective, ongoing community forestry program marked by renewal and improvement.


Plainfield Shade Tree Commission  2022 Membership Directory - Public Distribution

Name 
Membership Class
Term Expiration
Leslie Uslan
Regular Member
5 Year Term
12/31/2024
Drue Doman
Succeeds Ronald Johnson
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/2025
Vanessa Doman
Regular Member
Succeeds Peter Simone
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/2026
Barbara Spellmeyer,
Secretary,Regular Member
Succeeds Jan Massey
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/2022
Vacant
Regular Member
Succeeds Mayra Paredes
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/2024
Vacant Alternate # 1
Succeeds Barbara Spellmeyer
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/2021
Vacant Alternate #2
Succeeds Vanessa Doman
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/2020
Carmen Louis, DPW
(Non-Voting Mayoral Designee)
12/31/2022
John Louise, DPW
(non-voting Mayoral Designee – Alternate) 
12/31/2022

Plainfield Shade Tree Commission  2019 Membership Directory

Name 
Membership Class
Term Expiration
Oscar Riba, Chairman,
Regular Member
5 Year Term
12/31/19
Drue Doman
Succeeds Ronald Johnson
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/20
Vanessa Doman
Regular Member Succeeds Peter Simone
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/21
Barbara Spellmeyer,
Secretary,Regular Member
Succeeds Jan Massey
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/22
Marya E. Pardes,
Regular Member
5 Year Term
12/31/24
Vacant Alternate # 1
Alternate#1 Succeeds,
Barbara Spellmeyer
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/21
Vacant Alternate #2,
Succeeds Vanessa Doman
Unexpired 5 Year Term
12/31/20
Barry Goode,
City Councilman-at-Large,
1st & 4th Ward (non-voting City Council Designee)
12/31/19
Cory Storch,
City Councilman,
3th Ward (non-voting City Council Designee)
12/31/19
Carmen Louis, DPW
(non-voting Mayoral Designee)
12/31/19
John Louise, DPW
(non-voting Mayoral Designee – Alternate)
12/31/19
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  • Tree Flyer for Coloring by Children
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  • 2016 Plainfield CEMP Approval Certificate
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  • Plainfield CEMP signed award letter
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  • Community Forestry Management Plan
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  • Tree City USA Bulletin No. 14
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  • LUO Public Notices- Asian Longhorn Beetle -4-14-15
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  • LUO Public Notices- BacLeafScorch -4-14-15
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  • LUO Public Notices- Emerald Ash Borer- 10-15-14
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  • Shade Tree Commission 2020-2021
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  • Shade Tree Commission 2018-2019
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