For the 13th year, Hatfield Township is a Tree City USA town.

Jessica Salter, a forester with the Bureau of Forestry of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, awarded commissioners the honor last week.

Going hand-in-hand with the award is the annual observance of Arbor Day.

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Salter said, back in 1872, Arbor Day founder, newspaper editor and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sterling Martin challenged residents of Nebraska to plant trees and appreciate forestry and farming. More than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, and to this day, it is a civic holiday in that state.

Arbor Day this year was April 25.

Salter said Martin gave awards to Arbor Day observers, and now DCNR does the same with the Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Award.

"It honors communities that go above and beyond to support trees and the forests in the community," she said. 

There are four requirements for Tree City USA eligibility: $2 per capita in the budget must be dedicated to tree care; a tree ordinance; observance of Arbor Day and a tree commission or committee.

"We want to thank the Shade Tree Commission for their hard work in putting it together, the commissioners and the community members in Hatfield Township," Salter said. "It's quite an honor and the U.S. Bureau of Forestry thanks you in putting your forests forward."