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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 Jody Wood or Dana Deagan, STC member, at the Borough office.   


The Shade Tree Commission typically meets the third Wednesday quarterly, March, June, September, and December, at the Borough Building. Please confirm dates under Calendar, or by calling the Borough Office. 

2023: March 15, June 21, September 20, and December 20


Arbor Day Contest for 5th Graders who live in or go to school in Paxtang!  Arbor Day Art and Imagination Contest sponsored by the Paxtang Shade Tree Commission.  Paxtang is a Tree City that celebrates Arbor Day, the day to appreciate trees. Trees give shade and coolness in the summer; they clean the air and provide shade. The Shade Tree Commission challenges Fifth Graders to think about trees and to draw or paint a picture or write a poem on the theme What Could Grow on a Tree? Thank you to our Sponsor Fleming’s Sub Base. Winners will be displayed at Fleming's Sub Base, 3697 Derry Street in Paxtang Borough.

Congratulations to our 2022 Poster Contest Winners!

First Prizes


Most serene and well executed


Most Creative and Colorful


Most Interesting and Imaginative


Honorable Mentions

Most Explosive and Dynamic


Most Engrossing and Enchanting



In 2022, Paxtang Celebrates 34 years of recognition by Tree City USA.  

ARBOR DAY is a day meant for the celebration of the trees in our lives.  The date, specified by the Arbor Day Foundation, is the last Friday in April.  Arbor Day is especially meaningful to Paxtang, because the Borough has been a "Tree City" for the past 34 years (as of 2022), 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.



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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.   


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