Shade Tree Commission
The Whitpain Township Shade Tree Commission (STC) is charged with overseeing and enhancing trees in Whitpain Township including individual specimens and forested areas on Township property. In addition, the Commission shall be an advocate for all trees throughout Whitpain Township.
The Commission’s responsibilities include looking after the care and health of all trees on Township property and rights-of-way while promoting opportunities to expand and enhance the Township’s valuable tree canopy and natural resources. The Commission’s responsibilities include the protection and management of our trees and woodland resources by promoting arboriculture education, tree planting and management throughout the Township.
The Commission will look after the woodlands and canopy cover within the Township due to the valuable ecosystem services that healthy woodlands provide. In addition the Commission will look for opportunities to restore, expand and enhance the value of our woodland resources for the benefit of our community.
The Commission conducts programs that increase the awareness of the values of trees and woodland communities and provides information on tree species and the proper care of trees and woodland areas.
As part of their responsibilities The Shade Tree Commission maintains a registry of Township Trees of Significance based on age, unique species, size and character. The STC also maintains a Woodland Map that identifies forested areas and potential public lands for reforestation.
Tree City USA
Whitpain Township has been designated as a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1994. This is a national recognition for communities that effectively manage their public tree resources. Since 1999, the Township has annually received the Foundation's Growth Award, which is the next level of recognition that Tree City USA communities can achieve. In 2009, after earning the Growth Award for ten consecutive years, Whitpain was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Sterling Community, its highest level of recognition. Only a handful of other Pennsylvania communities have ever earned this distinction.