two river shade treePHOTO: Local Shade Tree commissioners from the peninsula: 1) William Gerth, Shrewsbury, 2) Christian Burns, Fair Haven, 3) Jason Grabosky, Rutgers University Professor, 4) Wayne Greenleaf, 5) Steve Barrett, and 6) Kristen Hall, from Rumson 

RUMSON, NJ -The local communities of Fair Haven, Rumson, Little Silver and Shrewsbury came together on April 19th at RFH High School as a broader group to hear about our trees, how they benefit our environment and learn about some we can avoid.


The Shade Tree Commissions of the four town’s hosted Rutgers University professor Jason Grabosky’s engaging talk before dozens of local residents. Professor Grabosky, a local expert in urban forestry, ecology and natural resources, encouraged an interactive session filled with educational slides of information while entertaining questions throughout the presentation. 

In exchange for Professor Grabosky’s time and effort, each town will sponsor a high school student to be CORE trained this fall. The NJ Shade Tree Federation hosts bi-annual training in northern and southern New Jersey to educate participants on the nuances of our green friends and proliferate key community forestry program themes.

High school students interested in taking advantage of the CORE training program should contact their local Shade Tree Commission to learn more.

As a former commissioner and current council liaison to the Fair Haven Shade Tree Commission, I’m proud that we’ve has taken a leadership role in driving the Two Rivers Shade Tree Alliance event with our neighboring towns and plan to coordinate follow-on events in the years to come. All of the local Shade Tree Commissions are volunteer organizations and need your help keeping our parks and public places green and maintained. Please consider taking local action by joining your local commission as a volunteer today – you’ll be glad you did.