The Princeton Shade Tree Commission serves to protect and manage our community forest and shade trees.  Trees and shrubs are a natural resource that provide aesthetic, economic, ecological, environmental and health benefits to the municipality of Princeton and its inhabitants. The treatment of trees and shrubs on individual properties can have significant impact not only on those individual properties, but also on neighboring properties, the streetscape, the tree canopy and the entire municipality. Princeton’s tree and shrub ordinance (unofficial version) establishes rules and regulations for the stewardship of this resource within Princeton, on both public and private property. 

Princeton’s five-year Community Forestry Management Plan has been approved by the State and the New Jersey Community Forestry Council. The goal of the plan is to enhance, maintain, and support a sustainable community forest in a proactive and cost-effective manner that promotes the aesthetic, environmental, economic, cultural, and social vitality of Princeton.

Of interest to residents of Princeton is the tree inventory which has been completed by Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Click on the Tree Inventory to obtain an up to date report on Princeton's street trees, including location, species and status. This page provides user instructions.

Princeton is pleased to have been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.


Princeton and the Shade Tree Commission are delighted to welcome the municipality's new arborist, Taylor Sapudar, who began work on April 30.

Taylor is a graduate of Mercer County College's horticulture program and has a Bachelor's degree from Rutgers in Environmental Planning, focusing on residential construction and landscape design.  He is a licensed tree expert and has a New York State arborist license. Most recently, he worked for Hill International as a resident engineer. In that capacity, he supervised the installation of trees and related plant materials in public spaces in all five boroughs of New York City. Prior to his work there, he was a managing arborist for SavATree, located in Hamilton.  

Taylor is enthusiastic about the opportunity to further our shared goal of enhancing, maintaining, and promoting Princeton's urban forest. His contact information can be found under "Contact," in the menu above.