Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Shade Tree Commission

Tree Removal Regulations

At the request of the Shade Tree Commission of the Borough of West Cape May, Ordinance 494-15 was adopted, establishing Chapter 30 of the Borough Code. Thereafter, Chapter 30 was amended by Ordinances 515-16 and most recently, 529-17. The purposes of Chapter 30 is to protect trees on public property.

Before a tree can be removed, you must file an Application for Tree Removal with the Shade Tree Commission.  All applications will be reviewed and approved or denied by the Shade Tree Commission at its next regularly scheduled meeting. These meeting are held once a month, on the first Tuesday of every month. Applications and fees must be received by the Zoning Office at least 10 days prior to the meeting date.

All Tree Removal Applications and fees are required to be submitted to Norm Roach, Zoning Official. Should the The Shade Tree Commission Secretary need to be contacted, she can be reached via email:

West Cape May List of Approved Trees

Members Meeting Dates (2018)
Wayne Hoffman, Chair/Treasurer January 2
Susan Hoffman, Secretary (Non-Member) February 6
David Hamond, Vice Chair March 6
H. Parker Smith April 3
William McCray May 1
Matt Notch June 5
William Oetinger July 10
Lisa Bernstein August 7
Vacant (Alternate I) September 11
Vacant (Alternate II) October 2
  November 6
  December 4





Submitted by

Joseph McMahon, Member, Shade Tree Commission, Master Gardner

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presented by  Joe McMahon, member of Shade Tree Commission and Master Gardener

 Did you know that the Borough of West Cape May stands smack in the middle of the greatest bird and butterfly migration throughout the entire world?  It's true. Each year, in the spring, tens of thousands of birds and butterflies can be seen in this area, as they migrate north to their favorite ancestral nesting sites.  This incredible sojourn is repeated in the fall when scores of birds and butterflies enjoy a return to West Cape May for a rest before heading to their winter homes in the southern regions.



 About fifty years ago, this spectacular migration was headed for serious trouble when traditional wildlife areas were taken over by an unprecedented housing boom.  More and more feeding grounds were lost to housing construction, which diminished wildlife habitats. Fortunately, a need to preserve these habitats garnered public empathy. Moreover, the important contribution that native plants play to enhance migratory patterns was becoming both recognized and appreciated. 



 In local landscapes, native plants are needed to start and maintain a successful backyard wildlife habitat.  Native plants provide not only food and shelter for wildlife but also cover and safe refuge.  Other key benefits of native plants in your backyard are their penchant for conserving water; what's more, they don't require a lot of individual care.  Plus, native plants can tolerate climate changes closely associated with seaside living.   


                                                        NATIVE SHRUBS

 The plants listed here are considered native to the Lower Cape May Region and a good way to start small:


  • Northern Bayberry (M. pensylvanica)
  • Common Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
  • Hawthorns (Crategus spp)
  • Beach Plumb (Prunus maritima)
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia Arbutifolia)
  • Smooth Winterberry (Ilex Laevigata)
  • Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
  • Arrowwood Viburnum  (Viburnum dentatum)


More about native plants and wildlife habitats will be presented in a future posting on the West Cape May Website


Victory Gardening” presented by the WCM Shade Tree Commission