In July 2017, the Upper Merion Township Board of Supervisors approved a multi-step mitigation plan for the Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a beetle native to Asia that is responsible for the loss of millions of ash trees across the country, and locally in Upper Merion Township.
Phase 1 was the pre-treatment of the Schuylkill River West Trail at Heuser Park, and was completed in the fall of 2017.
Phase 2 is a timber harvest, which is slated to begin on Monday, June 4, 2018.
Phase 3 is reforestation of the area as funding allows. Our first replanting event will be the Upper Merion Township Fall Tree Planting Day on Saturday, October 27 from 8:45AM to 1:00PM. Residents, local businesses, community and school groups are invited to come together to help protect and beautify our township by planting trees at Heuser Park! Learn more about the event and sign up online.
What to Know:
- Contractors will begin mobilizing at Heuser Park during the week of May 28
- The actual felling will take place beginning Monday, June 4 at the earliest
- The project should take 4-6 weeks, weather permitting
- During this time, the Schuylkill River West Trail will be closed on Monday, June 4 for the duration of the project