Elverson Shade Tree Commission

The Elverson Shade Tree Commission was formed in 2009 for the purpose of protecting Elverson’s street trees. It was officially established with Ordinance no. 2009-02 consisting of five Borough residents.

According to the Ordinance, if a resident would like to remove or replace a street tree on his/her property, he/she should apply by completing a permit which will be reviewed by the Commission and either approved or rejected. See Section 8 of the Ordinance for details.

If you would like to join our efforts to properly care for our town’s street trees, please contact any Commission member. We meet on an “as needed” basis at the Borough Hall.

Commission members are as follows:

Esther Prosser, esther@stoltzfus.com

Herb Hamilton, herbhamilton25@gmail.com

Angie Facciolo, pompfacc@ptd.net

Teri Tegtmeier, thetegtmeiers@windstream.net

George Summer, geomarsum@gmail.com

Our most important projects to date are:

  • Organizing the species, number and placement of 56 street trees which were planted as part of Elverson’s Revitalization Project in 2011.
  • Submitting and implementing a plan to receive compensation from Dupont for 29 street trees adversely affected by an insecticide called Imprellis.
  • Our current task is focused on the future of our Borough Ash Trees. The following article recently printed in the Elverson Borough Newsletter describes the situation and our action plan:

An insect called the emerald ash borer is a threat to every ash tree within the Borough. Beginning in 2002 with ash trees in Michigan, this insect worked its way east and was first found in Pennsylvania in 2007. As of August of this year, this destructive insect has been detected in 53 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

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There are about 300 million ash trees within the state of Pennsylvania, all of which are expected to die without treatment. A lot of good information is available at the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry website (www.na.fs.fed.us) and an excellent brochure can be found at the following link – http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/misc/whatis_eab/ashborer.pdf.

The Elverson Tree Commission has adopted a management plan to treat the 27 ash trees along South Pine Street and 5 within the Livingood Park beginning in the Spring of 2015. If you have ash trees on your property and are concerned about their survival, feel free to contact any Elverson Tree Commission member for advice.

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