Tree City USA
Upper Merion Township has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation every year since the program began in 1976, in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The township has received this recognition by meeting the programs four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Upper Merion Township is the only municipality in Montgomery County and one of two in Pennsylvania to receive this designation for this length of time.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization whose mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Upper Merion recognizes the importance of tree care in the community by designating groups to collaborate on programs that support proper tree planting and maintenance. The Shade Tree and Beautification Commission, The Upper Merion Tree Tenders, and the Environmental Advisory Council, along with employees and volunteers, all work together on community programs, such as the fall tree sale and planting, Earth Day programs, and the annual Beautification Awards.