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To promote a sustainable and productive community forest and shade tree resource that will subsequently improve the quality of life for the residents of the Borough of Dumont NJ.

Hazardous Tree Notification
If you have any concerns about a borough tree, please call the DSTC Desk at Borough Hall (201-244-3920), or click THIS LINK to be taken to a web form, enter the information and a DSTC Commissioner will inspect the tree.

The Borough of Dumont has passed an amendment to the Shade Tree ordinance that requires a permit before ANY tree can be removed within the Borough, effective September 20, 2013. This ordinance applies to all trees, be they on private property or on public right of way. Before ANY tree can be removed, the homeowner or contractor will need to secure a permit from the Building Department for a fee of $25.00.

The following Commissioners have been appointed by the Mayor:
Term Expires
Rachel Bunin, Media Relations
December 2021
Tom Fisichella, Vice President, Tree Maintenance
December 2018
Michael Kuhn, Data Management
December 2017
Tanya Zimmerman
December 2020
Abbie Slaman, Second Alternate
December 2017
Ray Slaman, President, Heritage Tree Chairman
April 2019
Sally Tayeb, First Alternate, FotST Liaison
December 2017

DSTC will meet the third (3rd) Monday of each month during 2017, except for January and February due to public holiday conflicts. Meetings will be at the Dumont Senior Center, 39 Dumont Avenue from 7:30-9:00pm unless otherwise specified.

January meeting will be the second Monday (January 9)

February meeting will be the first Monday (February 6)

March 20

April 17

May 15

June 19 at Dumont Shade Tree Arboretum on West Shore Drive.

July 17 at Dumont Shade Tree Arboretum on West Shore Drive.

August 21 at the Senior Center

September 18

October 16

November 20

December 18


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Dumont, New Jersey was a sleepy farming hamlet until 1883 when the West Shore Railroad arrived. In 1894, Dumont Clarke became the first Mayor. Developers enticed potential buyers from NYC, resulting in a population of 634 in 1900. One 1906 brochure describes: “Dumont is not a treeless farm… Its streets are shaded by stately trees, and its houses present an air of comfort and refinement…” Camp Merritt opened in 1917; the Monument circle and the dogwoods planted in Memorial Park are reminders of the million soldiers who deployed here. In 1951 a short movie “MY TOWN DUMONT” described: “We are a commuting people, departing by bus or train… In the cool of the evenings we return… the air is pure, clear, crisp--where birds carol in melodious notes of welcome to a town sedate, calm, quiet and clean. A delightful place of shaded streets lined with pleasant, homey homes and gardens most attractively informal… Travel where you may, you will find no place more attractive in its simplicity than my town.”

Dumont currently boasts a population over 16,000. Street Tree plantings have become mature and some have outgrown the space allotted to them. In 2006 a small group of concerned citizens banded together to bring the benefits of the NJ Community Forestry Assistance Act to Dumont.

In 2008, the Council passed Ordinance No. 1358 of the Borough of Dumont, Dumont Shade Tree Rules and Regulations Ordinance.

In 2010, Dumont became a TREE CITY USA! The program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs. 

Here are the TOP reasons we need shade trees:
  1. Trees help purify the air we breathe by absorbing pollutants.
  2. Trees increase property values and improve the tax base in communities.
  3. Trees improve neighborhood appeal, attracting businesses, shoppers, and homeowners.
  4. Trees cool our cities and towns by reducing heat generated by buildings and paved surfaces.
  5. Tree shade, properly placed, can save an average household up to $250 annually in energy costs.
  6. Trees reduce the amount of pollutants in sewer systems, saving communities millions of dollars in water treatment costs.
  7. Trees soften harsh building lines and large expanses of pavement, making urban environments much more pleasant.
  8. Trees provide habitat for birds and other wildlife, maintaining a balance with nature even in urban areas.
  9. Trees reduce the amount of water-borne pollutants that reach streams and rivers.
  10. Trees reduce levels of domestic violence and foster safer, more sociable neighborhood environments.
USDA Forest Service NA-IN-02-04
photo courtesy of Norm St. L, copyright 2009

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