Ferguson Township named "Tree City USA" for second consecutive year

Date: April 30, 2018


For the second consecutive year, Ferguson Township has been named a Tree City USA -- an honor our tree planting volunteers were proud to accept during our Arbor Day celebration at "Owens Drive Park" on Saturday, April 28.

In cooperation with the Township and community partners, Ferguson Township Elementary Environmental Club students planted approximately 300 trees at the site. The project supported the Plant for the Planet organization's goal of planting 1 trillion trees globally. In all, they planted about a dozen of species of trees, which will be fenced for their protection. Participating volunteers also began preparing a pollinator garden area.

This stormwater management plot behind the West College Avenue Waffle Shop is accessed from Owens Drive, abuts Blue Course Drive, and extends to the rear yards of some residential properties on Conover Lane and McBath Street.

Ferguson Township Manager David Pribulka and Arborist Lance King, Board of Supervisors Chair Peter Buckland, and Tree Commission Co-Chairs Howard Fescemyer and Darlene Chivers were among those participating, as well as representatives of the Ferguson Township Elementary Environmental Club, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Central PA Pheasants Forever, and the Penn State EcoAction Club.

The group aims to work toward developing a passive recreation area at the site, in addition to reforesting with native tree species such as black locust, hickory, aspen, and grey dogwoods to establish a habitat for upland birds. A shared use bike and pedestrian path and a pollinator plot are also being considered for the site. Their goal is to create an inviting forest oasis for local residents to enjoy, as well as a continuous learning and involvement opportunity for Ferguson Township Elementary and other community school students.

The Ferguson Township Tree Commission and new Parks and Recreation Committee will review future plans as a master plan for the property is developed.

The Ferguson Township Elementary Environmental Club raised funds for this project, and the Township's Board of Supervisors appropriated $2,400 to help support it.

Questions about the project may be directed to mailto:PAPlanting4Kids@gmail.com, or to Lance King, Township Arborist, at lking@twp.ferguson.pa.us

Photo Gallery of "Owens Drive Park" site

Arbor Day 2018 Photo Gallery