Shade Tree Commission

The Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission (STC) was established by Ordinance, #870, passed by the Upper Dublin Board of Commissioners on June 14, 1994.
Agendas and minutes for meetings of the Shade Tree Commission are available as downloadable PDFs. Minutes are posted after they have been approved and signed.

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The Ordinance:

  • Establishes the STC as comprising 5 members, residents of Upper Dublin, who are appointed by the Commissioners, and who serve without compensation.
  • Defines "Shade Tree" as "any tree having more than fifty percent (50%) of its trunk diameter at breast height within the right-of-way of a public street or on Township property."
  • Vests in the STC "exclusive custody and control" of all Shade Trees.
  • Requires anyone who wishes to plant, remove, trim or spray a Shade Tree or that portion of any tree, which extends over the right-of-way to obtain STC approval by making a written request to the Township's Director of Public Works, which is submitted to the STC for investigation and approval or disapproval. Use the Tree Pruning-Removal Form for any of these requests.

Since its inception, the Shade Tree Commission has:

  • Planted, or given to Township residents to plant, over 2,100 trees through our Annual Planting, Arbor Day and Community Day Programs.
  • Compiled a count of Shade Trees on those Township roads designated as "scenic" by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Inspected numerous potentially hazardous tree sites.
  • Established contact with shade tree commissions in other municipalities and joined the Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council.
  • Initiated several beautification projects, including those at the Dresher Triangle and the Maple Glen Shopping Center.
  • Approved tree trimming and removal after careful consideration of the condition of the tree as determined by our tree "experts".
  • Created guidelines and permit applications for Public Utilities to prevent unnecessary or improper trimming of street trees in our township.
  • Arranged for Upper Dublin to be awarded the prestigious "Tree City USA" designation.
  • Continued to meet with interested parties seeking approvals for tree pruning or removal, and replacement tree planting as required by township ordinance.
  • Reviewed architect plans and suggested changes to increase the planting of street trees.

Icon of Form-Tree Pruning Removal Application Form-Tree Pruning Removal Application (14.1 KiB)

Meetings

The Shade Tree Commission meets the third Thursday every month at 3:30pm at the Township Building, unless otherwise announced. All meetings are open to the public and we, as the STC, encourage you to attend. Visit the Township Meeting Calendar to check on meeting days, dates, times and locations.

Minutes

Agendas and minutes for meetings of the Shade Tree Commission are available as downloadable PDFs. Minutes are posted after they have been approved and signed.

Contact the Shade Tree Commission

Email: Shade Tree Commission
Write:
Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission
801 Loch Alsh Avenue
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Events

The Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission has an “Adopt a Tree” Day twice a year in the spring and the fall. The event is held in front of the Upper Dublin township building, at 801 Loch Alsh Avenue, (near the Field of Dreams).   The container trees available range in height from three (3) to five (5) feet and consist of native species.  The trees are given free (one tree per property), first come--first served--to Upper Dublin residents, business operators and property owners who would like to adopt a tree for planting in Upper Dublin Township. We invite adoptees to come to the township building, pick out a tree, and transport it to the planting site on the adoptee’s property for them to planting.

Although the trees will be offered without charge, to enable the Shade Tree Commission to continue this program, a donation per tree is greatly appreciated at the time of adoption.  Cash or Checks (payable to "Upper Dublin Township") only.

Annual Tree Planting Program

The Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission has planted several hundred trees throughout the Township in its Annual Tree Planting Program. It seeks suggestions from Upper Dublin residents and property owners for locations for future plantings. You may suggest your own property, public or other private property. The Shade Tree Commission is especially interested in locations where a mature tree will shade sidewalks and streets. Please mail your suggestions to the address listed or send via email to either person listed above.

Arbor Day Foundation/Tee City USA

Upper Dublin achieved Tree City USA recognition over twenty (20) years ago by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Shade Tree Commission holds an annual Arbor Day event at an Upper Dublin school. A tree is planted on the school grounds by students, faculty, and members of the Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission. The ceremony includes remarks by school officials, shade tree commissioners, and presentation of the Tree City USA Recertification Award is given to the Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission by the PA Bureau of Forestry.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.  Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained.  They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

Emerald Ash Borer

Press Release-Emerald Ash Borer Found in Township Park

Champion Tree Program

The National Register of Big Trees is a non-profit group that maintains a list of the largest living specimens of each tree variety found in the continental United States. A tree on this list is often called a National Champion Tree. This list has been maintained since 1940. Each state has its own list of Champion Trees.

Upper Dublin Township's Shade Tree Commission (STC) is proposing to collect data on historic township trees and create a Historic Tree Registry. A tree qualifies when it is of magnificent size, significant age, or unusual species. More information on the STC efforts and how you can help will be coming soon.

Download the Specimen Tree Inventory Consent to Publish Form. Details on form.

Icon of Form-Specimen Tree Inventory Consent Form-Specimen Tree Inventory Consent (8.0 KiB)

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