Branching Out

Trees are an essential part to life. Well, unfortunately, trees in South Jersey are beginning to struggle mightily. Due to extreme weather, compacted soil, and some other variables, trees in the South Jersey region are dying at an alarming rate.

Communities such as Moorestown, Haddonfield, and Woodbury have state-approved plans in place to aid in the crisis, along with some other municipalities. However, areas like Cherry Hill and most of Burlington County do not have any forestry management plans in place. This could become a major thorn in the side if these areas don’t begin to figure out a way to handle the issue.

For instance, in Haddonfield, the shade of around 9,500 trees is quickly being reduced due to disease. Since there is a plan in place, about 800 trees have been removed in recent years and about 1,200 more are likely to be taken down in the near future. With no plan in place these trees could easily become a hazard to the local communities.

Even though Cherry Hill Township and Burlington County don’t have forestry management plans, local officials claim their current programs for tree monitoring, preservation, and replacement are working just fine. Camden County also has a forestry management plan in draft form and they are awaiting a completed tree canopy analysis from the US Forest Service. This is a very important step to making sure trees in the area are dealt with properly and safely.

Written by Jeremy Cohen