Shade Tree Committee


  • Richard Campanelli, Superintendent of Public Works
  • Ron Manke
  • Gennaro Rotella, Town Administrator / CFO
  • Christopher Statile, Township Engineer

About the Committee

The Shade Tree Committee is responsible for restoring and maintaining River Vale's tree population. Trees in the Township provide beauty and utility. The Shade Tree Committee recognizes the value and believes that trees are one of our town's greatest assets.

The Shade Tree Committee promotes the conservation and stewardship of trees throughout the Township by advising government officials regarding planting, care and maintenance of trees on township-owned lands. The Committee will assist River Vale residents by increasing awareness of the benefits of arboriculture and providing advice and information regarding the selection, planting and care of trees.

Tree Removal

If you have a tree or trees that require removal, please fill out the online application or print it (PDF) and bring it to the Public Works Department.

Applications will be processed for Township trees within 10 feet of the curb as per River Vale's ordinance. Homeowners should mark the tree with a ribbon or string. The applicant will be notified via email and regular mail of the Shade Tree Committees determination. Please do not submit multiple Shade Tree requests for the same tree.

Establishment of the Committee

The following is an excerpt from the Township Ordinance regarding the Establishment of a Shade Tree Committee.

There is hereby established the Advisory Shade Tree Committee of the Township of River Vale. The Committee shall consist of seven members, two of whom shall be the Property Maintenance Officer or his/her designee and the Superintendent of Public Works. Their terms of office shall commence upon the day of their appointment. The terms of office of the additional five members shall commence upon the day of their appointment and be for the respective periods of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years, beginning on January 1 next succeeding such appointment. The terms of each appointee shall be designated in his or her appointment.

All subsequent appointments, except to fill vacancies, shall be for the full term of five years, to take effect on January 1. The members shall be residents of the Township, appointed by the Mayor and shall serve without compensation except as hereinafter provided.