FREEHOLD – The official tree of Monmouth County has been decided: the oak tree.
Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone announced the official tree at the 2019 Shade Tree Spring Forum hosted by the Department of Public Works and Engineering’s Division of Shade Tree.
“When one enters Monmouth County, a resident or visitor should recognize that they are here by seeing a certain tree on county roads,” said Freeholder Director Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “We have been working hard to decide what tree best fits our County and we are happy to announce that we will be the ‘County of Oak.’”
The oak tree is diverse; it can thrive in many different regions of Monmouth County, based on the environmental qualities of these regions.
The Division of Shade Tree made the final recommendation after an analysis of tree data from Monmouth County.
The Division of Shade Tree is responsible for maintaining the trees along 400 miles of county roadways, in Brookdale Community College and in the Park System. Shade Tree performs routine trimming, hazardous tree removals, insect and disease control, tree replacement and capital planting projects. Shade Tree is also responsible for maintaining plant material at 43 County facilities as well as the David C. Shaw Arboretum.
Shade Tree’s goal is to maintain a healthy tree environment throughout the county.
“Every project that requires tree replacement will involve a type of oak based on the region,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The Shade Tree Commission is so vital to the beautification and safety of our roads.”
For more information about the County’s Shade Tree Commission call 732-431-7903, or go to VisitMonmouth.com.