Arbor Day Photo Gallery, featuring the Township's Tree City USA designation

Date: May 24, 2017

Ferguson Township is a Tree City USA, designated so by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Representatives of the Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources first presented the honor to Ferguson Township Supervisors Steve Miller (now vice-chair of the Board) and Laura Dininni at the Township's Arbor Day Celebration April 29, 2017, in the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden at Tom Tudek Memorial Park.

View the 2017 Arbor Day in Ferguson Township Photo Gallery

To qualify as a Tree City USA community, Ferguson Township meets four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The Arbor Day Foundation set these standards to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management program and that no community would be excluded because of size.

The Township has met these four standards:

Named a tree board or department.
"Someone must be legally responsible for the care of all trees on city- or town-owned property." In the Township's case, we have a full-time Arborist and a Tree Commission of five members.

Adopted a Tree Ordinance
View Ferguson Township Tree Ordinance adopted in 2014. 

The Township's Tree Ordinance and Resolutions give the Tree Commission and Public Works Department authority to manage street trees, approve the list of street tree species that can be planted, and to regulate other arbor work. 

Manages a Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at least $2 per Capita. 
Ferguson Township has a formal shade tree maintenance program in place to help ensure healthy and vibrant trees in our neighborhoods. Included in the program are trees within the Township right-of-way — mostly in newer subdivisions — typically located in the grass area between the street and the sidewalk. The maintenance program involves maintaining an inventory of the trees, performing routine pruning, and replacing trees that have died. The Township also just completed its first five-year Tree Plan for 2017 through 2022.

Observes Arbor Day in the Township and recites an official Arbor Day Proclamation.
Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors President Steve Miller recited the Township's Arbor Day Proclamation, April 29 at Tudek Park.