Tree Pruning and Hazardous Tree Removal in Hoboken Parks
In partnership with the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission, the City of Hoboken has established an arboriculture program to mitigate tree hazards for the safety of park users as well as promote long term health of the urban tree canopy in City parks. In 2020, a certified arborist completed an inventory of all mature trees in Church Square and Elysian Parks and provided recommendations for priority tree pruning and removal. These recommendations were reviewed by the City’s landscape architect TEND, arboriculture contractor, Almstead Tree Care, and Shade Tree Commission.
Almstead Tree Care will undertake the following activities this week, subject to weather conditions:
- Tuesday 3/22: Complete tree pruning at 1600 Park. Trees will be pruned to remove all deadwood 1” diameter and larger, gain and maintain clearance as needed, and structural prune trees to enable future growth and remove problematic branching.
- Tuesday 3/22: Complete tree pruning at Waterfront Walkway between Harborside Park and Weehawken boundary. Trees will be pruned to gain and maintain clearance as needed.
- Wednesday 3/24: Complete tree pruning at Elysian Park. Hazardous trees will be pruned to remove all deadwood 1” diameter and larger and reduce all elongated branching by 10%, to mitigate the likelihood of severe weather failure, where warranted only. Some trees will be pruned to remove all deadwood 1” diameter and larger and reduce by 10% as needed to gain and maintain clearance from lights, wires, structures, and over walkways.
- Wednesday 3/24: Begin tree pruning at Church Square Park. Hazardous trees will be pruned to remove all deadwood 1” diameter and larger and reduce all elongated branching by 10% (certain trees up to 40%), to mitigate the likelihood of severe weather failure, where warranted only.
- Thursday 3/25: Complete tree pruning at Church Square Park and complete removals of hazardous trees. Four hazardous trees will be removed and stumps ground (see orange points below). There is no way to mitigate the risk posed by these hazardous trees without removal due to the locations of each tree in relation to the playground areas and basketball courts. New trees will be planted in the future, at locations to be determined by the City, Friends of Church Square Park, and Shade Tree Commission.
- The first tree is a 30” London Plane between the basketball courts with extensive root rot and a large wound at the base of the trunk.
- The second tree is a 31” London Plane in between the basketball courts with significant decay in the lower trunk and a hollow base.
- The third tree is a 17” Pear with a heavy lean over the ages 2-5 playground area and hollow trunk.
- The fourth tree is a 16” London Plane located along the southwest lawn near 4th Street with significant wound and decay along the entire length of the trunk.
Certain playgrounds and basketball courts will be temporarily closed for this tree work. Please follow posted signage.
All tree work will be performed by a NJ Certified Tree Expert following pruning standards established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and The American National Standard for Tree Care Operations – Tree, Shrub and other Woody Plant Maintenance – Standard Practices (ANSI A300). All work shall be completed in compliance with A300 Standards.
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