Under the guidance of Radnor Township Arborist John Rockwell Hosbach Jr., Urban Forester, in conjunction with public/private partnership with local contractors, 77 trees were planted in Radnor Township parks and on private property. The 210 caliper inch trees were donated to the Township by Cabrini University and replaced dead trees in the area as part of Township wide reforesting efforts.
“As part of our ongoing relationship with Cabrini University, they donated flowering tree varietals including Sweet Bay, Sugar Maple, American Holly, Flowering Dogwood, Black Sum, and White Oak. Many of these trees were replanted in the vicinity of Encke Park on Iven Avenue,” said Hosbach.
In addition to this week’s replanting on Iven Avenue, the Township planted an additional 70 trees during Spring 2019 as part of the Shade Tree Commission Street Tree program. In an effort to keep Radnor streets green and treelined, the Street Tree program offered homeowners the opportunity to have a small flowering or large shade tree planted along the street in front of their property. Trees were approximately 6 to 10 feet in height with an estimated value of $600. Participating homeowners were asked to contribute $35 toward the cost of the tree and assume responsibility for at least the first year after the tree has been planted as this is a critical requirement for the health of the tree.
“Our whole goal on the Shade Tree Commission is not only to recommend good plants but to preserve the tree canopy in Radnor,” said Harold Holden, the chairman of the Radnor Township Shade Tree Commission. “Lots of townships don’t have a Shade Tree Commission. The reduction in tree canopy has significant impacts on air quality temperature and overall beauty.”
The Shade Tree Commission (STC) is responsible for the protection and preservation of the Township’s tree canopy. The STC reviews subdivision plans and other building applications for compliance with the Township’s Shade Tree Ordinance and for recommending appropriate modifications thereto. The STC is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a Master Shade Tree Plan with a long-term guide for the planting of trees throughout the Township. Thanks in part to the efforts of the STC, Radnor has been designated as a Tree City, USA.
Please visit the Radnor Shade Tree at https://www.radnor.com/432/Shade-Tree-Commission to learn more about the program. For additional questions or consultation with John R. Hosbach, Jr., Township Arborist, please contact him at 610-731-7969 or John@rockwellurbanforestry.com.
ABOUT RADNOR TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING: The mission of the Engineering Department is to furnish professional expertise to various Township Boards, Commissions, Township Manager, and other departments as necessary for those Boards and Departments to fulfill their charge under the Township's Home Rule Charter. Some examples of our advice concern engineering, storm water management, stormwater runoff, sanitary sewers, flood plain management, and subdivision, and land development issues within Radnor Township. The Engineering Department is the liaison to the Planning Commission, Shade Tree Commission and the Environmental Advisory Council.
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