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The Leonia Shade Tree Commission is charged with protecting, maintaining and replenishing one of our town's most important qualities: its fabulous population of shade trees. Trees are a natural resource that provide aesthetic, economic, environmental and health benefits to our community and its residents.  The treatment of trees on each of our properties can have a significant impact not only on our individual properties, but also on neighboring properties, the town’s tree canopy and the entire community. 

Through the efforts of the Commission, Leonia has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree City U.S.A." since 1990.

Commission Members

  • Christine Healy-Sammis (2021) - Co-Chair
  • Imanta Bergmanis (exp. 2022) - Co-Chair
  • Vivian Demarco (2020) 
  • Soo Joung Woo (exp. 2021)
  • Mark Spiegel (exp. 2023)
  • Kate Mirbaba (exp. 2023)
  • Kathi Verbeek - Alternate (exp. 2023)
  • Julie Ulbrich Vassallo (exp. 2024)
  • Megan Lutz (exp. 2022) - Alternate
  • Bill Ziegler - Council Liaison

The members of the Shade Tree Commission are appointed by the Mayor for five-year terms and serve without compensation. There are 7 regular members and two alternates.


The Shade Tree Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in conference room on the second floor of the Borough Hall.  

2020 Shade Tree Removal Process Ordinance

The Borough of Leonia City Council and Mayor adopted on January 21, 2020 an amendment to Chapter 275 “Trees” of the Code of the Borough of Leonia, which became effective on April 1, 2020 (the “New Ordinance”).  You may find the 2020 Shade Tree Ordinance and Tree Removal Permit Application below in the "Shade Tree Ordinances" section at the bottom of this page.

You will find answers to frequently asked questions, available in English, Spanish, & Korean, regarding the New Ordinance in the "Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)" section at the bottom of this page.

Tree Evaluations/Removal

If you have a tree that is on Borough property or on the right of way in front of your property that looks damaged or diseased, contact the Shade Tree Commission via "Request Service" on the website for an inspection. If the tree does need to have work performed on it, the work will be performed by the Borough at no cost to you. Please contact Borough Hall at 201-592-5780 and select menu option 4 for the Building Department (Monday through Friday during business hours) or the Police Department at 201-944-0800 (Saturday and Sunday). In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Tree Removal Permits Applications can be mailed to the Leonia Building Department, 312 Broad Avenue, Leonia, NJ 07605 or dropped off in person on the second floor of Borough Hall on 312 Broad Avenue.

Planting New Trees

In addition to maintaining the Borough's existing tree population, the Shade Tree Commission is also responsible for planting new trees. If you would like to be put on the list to have a new tree planted on the Borough Right-Of-Way in front of your home, send your request via the “Request Service” link and select "Trees."

Why Are Shade Trees Important?

Shade trees:

  • Provide shade to cool homes, streets, buildings, in fact, the entire
    Borough. Cooler homes require less air conditioning which reduces
    energy costs and its impact on the environment. The larger the tree
    the greater the benefit;
  • Improve air quality by absorbing greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and
    other air pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide and sulfer dioxide
    and by releasing oxygen;
  • Reduce stormwater run-off and the potential for soil erosion;
  • Provide habitat for birds and other wildlife;
  • Increase property values; and
  • Enhance aesthetic qualities that serve as a source of community pride
    and contribute to a better quality of life.

All these benefits increase as our canopy cover increases. By establishing and maintaining maximum tree cover, Leonia is able to realize the maximum benefits its urban forest can provide to all its residents.

Shade Tree Ordinances

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Additional Resources

PDF Download - Volcano Mulching Kills Trees

International Society of Arboriculture-ISA

National Arbor Day Foundation

NJ Division of Parks and Forestry/Community Foresty 

New Jersey Shade Tree Federation