What is the Shade Tree Commission?
Hummelstown has a Shade Tree Commission. What does that mean? The Shade Tree Commission (STC) enforces regulations of the Shade Tree Ordinance, oversees Shade Tree Permits, organizes tree planting, periodically inventories all trees within the Borough right-of –way and organizes the annual Arbor Day Celebration.
Property owners must acquire a Shade Tree Permit before major maintenance or removal of trees within the Borough’s right-of-way. A permit application can be obtained at the Borough office or on this site. If the permit is granted it carries a condition that the tree be replaced within one year of removal. The STC provides shade trees to Borough residents at no cost. Applications for these free trees can be downloaded as well. We are now taking applications for our spring 2018 planting.
Our little town has been a Tree City USA for 11 years now. This is a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation that promotes urban forests and their benefits. As part of this program we have an annual Arbor Day celebration the end of April. This is usually held at one of our community parks and involves education as well as volunteer work. All are invited to attend. Stay tuned for more information spring 2018.
Trees provide many benefits to our community. They can reduce energy costs by up to 25%. Just 3 well spaced trees around each building in our country could save billions in energy costs. They also reduce storm water runoff and help control erosion. Not to mention the shelter they provide for our many song birds.
We have a great selection of trees suited for our urban environment. They are slow growing with smaller root systems than many traditional trees. Help keep Hummelstown green and request a shade tree today!