The Droyer's Point Walkway Association Board (DPWA) voted to remove the 84 mature trees on the riverfront walk at Society Hill. This is in opposition to the March 2016 City of Jersey City Letter that clearly details steps to repair the walkway trip hazards, and provides protected status of these 84 Society Hill Shelterbelt of Trees, which provide a protective, natural green buffer and tree canopy.
A single arborist hired by the engineering firm contracted by the DPWA to lead the walkway repair project advised this action. This would have an enormous environmental impact, and would increase the walkway project costs - $107K just to remove the trees.
There have been many expert assessments of the trees by City Agencies (Jersey City Department of Public Works, Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development & Commerce - Division of City Planning, and Jersey City Environmental Commission) which resulted in the March 2016 letter; and several other City Agency letters to the DPWA since 2010 which differ from the assessment by the engineering firm hired tree expert, i.e., these trees CAN be root shaved, maintained properly and thrive without posing a public risk.
Qualified organizations with certified experts (Sustainable Jersey City, New Jersey Tree Foundation and Jersey City Parks Coalition) have offered the DPWA support and guidance regarding this Shelterbelt of Trees, and also advocate for saving the Shelterbelt of Trees and the substantial eco system benefits the 84 mature trees provide.
The Friends of the Walkway ask you to please join them in taking action by signing this petition that supports that each tree be evaluated individually, and if needed that shaving the root (done under supervision of a NJ-certified arborist) is the best option for our community and the environment. We do NOT support the extreme solution of removing healthy mature trees. A handful of unhealthy trees (3-6) may need to be removed and replaced, but not all 84.