Environmental Commission

The Closter Environmental Commission was created by the Mayor and Council in June, 1976, and may include up to seven regular members plus two alternate and two associate members. The Environmental Commission makes recommendations concerning open space preservation, water resources management; air pollution control; solid waste management; noise control; the protection of all trees, soil, and landscapes; protection of flora and fauna; and environmental appearances.  It may conduct research into the use or potential use of open land areas of the Borough, and study and make recommendations concerning all of the Borough's parkland, preserves and natural open space. 

The Environmental Commission oversees the passive recreation sites and parkland in Closter (see links below). In addition, applications to the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment are reviewed by the Environmental Commission, as appropriate. See the Borough of Closter Code Chapter 16: Environmental Commission for more information.

The Commission holds annual Closter Cleanup Days and other events and activities throughout the year, which are posted on the Borough's social media sites: Closter Facebook Page , Closter on Twitter and Closter on Instagram .

Environmental Commission Member Roster

Commission Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall or on Zoom (check the Borough main page) and are open to the public.

For information on Borough owned trees, located in public right-of-way, please see the Shade Tree Commission site.

For information on the five Borough "active parks" with ballfields and tennis courts, see the Recreation Commission site .

Let’s Get Outdoors in Closter!

Other Topics of Interest

  • Pollinator Gardens and Landscaping with Native Plants

  • NJ’s Plastic Bag Ban: effective May 4, 2022; find out more at Bag Up NJ

Recommended Tree List

Tree Species Suitable for Replacement on Private Property

PLEASE NOTE: hyperlinks are provided for image reference only 


    (larger variety, tall-growing trees) 


(smaller variety, suitable for planting within 20 feet of an overhead power line)

Acer rubrum 

Red Maple

Acer negundo 

Boxelder Maple

Acer saccharum 

Sugar Maple

Aesculus pavia 

Red Buckeye

Betula nigra – Single Stem

River Birch

Amelanchier Levis ‘snowflakes'

Shadblow Single Stem

Celtics occidentalis


Carpinus caroliniana

American Hornbeam

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Hapdel’

(Happidaze Sweet Gum)

Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud

Lirodendron “Emerald City”

Emerald City Tulip        

Craetagus crus-galli 


Magnolia acuminata 

Cucumber Magnolia

Lirodendron ‘little volunteer’ 

Tulip little Volunteer

Nyssa sylvatica

Black Gum/Tupelo

Ostrya virginiana 

Hop Hornbeam

Quercus alba

White Oak

Prunus okame

Okame Cherry

Quercus bicolor

Swamp White Oak

Prunus yedoensis

Yoshino Cherry

Quercus coccinea

Scarlet Oak

Styrax japonica


Quercus imbricaria 

Shingle Oak

Syringa reticulata 

Tree Lilac

Quercus palustris 

Pin Oak

Zelkova serrata 

Zelkova ‘City Sprite’

Tilia americana 

Basswood Linden

Zelkova serrata 

Zelkova ‘Wireless’

Ulmus americana 

American Elm

DED resistant cultivars


Ulmus parviflora 

Lacebark Elm


Zelkova serrata 

Zelkova Village Green