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Mary K. Yarnall - Merchantville, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 57.035 W 075° 02.933
18S E 495824 N 4422273
Quick Description: This tree is at least two decades old. It is located on the municipal grounds, almost at the corner of West Maple Avenue and South Centre Street. The tree is the first in line at the beginning of Centre Street.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2010 10:03:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM95YE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 2

Long Description:

This dedicated tree is located at the front right corner of the municipal building. Simply stand on Centre Street, close to Maple, which intersects to your left. The dedicated tree is just to the right of the corner of the property, where the intersection occurs and next to the butterfly garden. Look down at the base of the tree and you will see the marker. I am not sure about the species but I know it is very common in NJ and in the northeast corridor as well.

After walking the streets of downtown Merchantville for a few hours I discovered this is a “Shade Tree” kind of community with trees lining every street, business and each park and playground. The shopping area on Centre St, & West & Park Avenues are all very quaint. I spied lots restaurants, grocery stores, specialty shops, and all sorts of other eclectic shops. These dedicated trees enhance the natural beauty of this town.

As far as dedicated trees are concerned the town takes this very serious and has a commission with board members who have been taking care of this for 68 years! In 1942, Borough Council formed a Shade Tree Commission according to State provisions. This group was assigned the task of planting, caring and removing all trees that stand between the street and the side walk and all public property. The rest of the trees in Merchantville to be in the care of the property owner.

The Shade Tree Commission may be contacted through Borough Hall at 856-662-2474 ext.173. Today, the Commission maintains jurisdiction over all trees in the borough which are on community property including trees are growing between the sidewalk and curb, trees in Wellwood or Morrissey Park and trees on Municipal property. Memorial trees and plaques are available through the Commission.

The inscribed/etched white, polished stone marker at the foot of the tree is flush with the ground and set inside a bigger, rectangular piece of concrete. It reads:

Dedicated To
Mary K. Yarnall

Location of the tree: At the front and to the right (corner) of the municipal building at the intersection of Maple & Centre.

Type of tree: deciduous, single, flat-leaf, north-american breed (not sure which one)

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