The Cranford Environmental Commission is exploring ways to encourage the preservation of existing trees in the Township, as well as encouraging the planting of new trees. Trees are a vital tool to reducing flooding and storm runoff - a major issue in the township. One large tree can manage more than 1000 gallons of rainwater from a single storm.
The township has lost more than 1000 trees in the last 10 years. With this in mind, the Environmental Commission seeks to get input from township residents on a tree ordinance. The ordinance would seek to reduce indiscriminate, uncontrolled and excess destruction, removal and cutting of trees, due to their benefits to flood mitigation, as well as other benefits such as soil preservation, increased property values, and neighborhood appeal. See https://www.cwp.org/reducing-stormwater-runoff/ and https://www.arborday.org/trees/index-benefits.cfm for more information.
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