Tree Pruning & Removal at Hoboken’s Elysian Park This Week

Elysian Park Tree Pruning and Hazardous Tree Removal

In partnership with the Friends of Elysian Park and 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 the Park. In 2020, a certified arborist completed an inventory of all mature trees in the park 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 on Wednesday March 17 and Thursday March 18 between 8:00am and 4:00pm, subject to weather conditions:

  • Two hazardous trees will be removed and stumps ground. New trees will be planted in the future, at locations to be determined by the City, Friends of Elysian Park, and Shade Tree Commission,
    • The first tree is a 24” Horse Chestnut which has a cavity and decay in its lower trunk and significant damage to branches in upper canopy. There is no way to mitigate this risk appropriately due to the location of the tree and proximity to the play area. The tree’s canopy is also being repressed by other larger trees growing above it, and removal of this tree will allow others in the area to be better maintained.
    • The second tree is a 26” Catalpa which sounding tests revealed decay within the trunk has caused a hollow and nesting hold were observed. Sounding tests produced reverberations that are indicative of not having enough sound woo
  • Seven 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.
  • Three trees will be pruned to remove all deadwood and 1” diameter and larger and reduce by 10% as needed to gain and maintain clearance from lights, wires, structures, and over walkways.

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.

The protection of each construction site, workers, and the general public are of the utmost priority. Contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and suppliers are following CDC guidelines and employer policies for COVID-19 protection.