PAXTANG BOROUGH SHADE TREE COMMISSION
The Borough of Paxtang Shade Tree Commission inventories and maintains the Borough trees located between the Public Sidewalks and the Curbs. This Shade Tree Lawn is maintained by the Property Owner of the Parcel, however, the tree is Borough Property and may not be trimmed or removed by any resident. The Shade Tree Commission, Borough Public Works Department and a small group of trained and authorized volunteers, maintain over 600 trees in the borough. For more information about the Shade Tree Commission, see the "General Code - Ecode" below.
If you are interested in more information about volunteering with the Shade Tree Commission, please leave a message for Jeff Shyck, STC Chairperson., at the Borough office.
The Shade Tree Commission typically meets the third Wednesday quarterly, March 18 (cancelled due to Covid-19, June 17, September 16, and December 16, at the Borough Building. Please confirm dates under Calendar, or by calling the Borough Office.
ARBOR DAY is a day meant for celebration of the trees in our lives. The date, specified by the Arbor Day Foundation, is the last Friday in April, which this year is April 24, 2020. Arbor Day is especially meaningful to Paxtang, because the Borough has been a Tree City for the past 31 years, and many of us especially value the trees in our neighborhoods and on the Green Belt . In many past years, the Paxtang Shade Tree Commission has cooperated with the Mayor, the Borough staff and the Principal and teachers at Paxtang Elementary School to have a program and tree planting celebration on Arbor Day. While that celebration can’t happen at the school this year, anyone who would like ideas for activities at home or on walks can find resources at the Arbor Day Foundation.
HELP PROTECT OUR TREES!
Have you seen a spotted lantern fly in the borough? It is an invasive planthopper with a strong preference for economically important plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, birch and willow. Feeding damage significantly stresses the plants/trees which can lead to decreased health and in some cases, death of the plant/tree. SLF has the potential to greatly impact the viticulture (grape), fruit tree, plant nursery and timber industries. SQUASH IT and REPORT IT!