Upper Makefield officials are keen to enlist residents’ help in protecting important natural resources within the township.
That’s a big reason why the municipality offers UMTree Grants, a program through which residents can receive financial compensation for planting trees that are native to Pennsylvania on their properties.
At a public meeting on Sept. 7, the board of supervisors approved allowing up to $10,000 in reimbursement for plantings made at a preserved property owned by Edgar Brick on Aqueduct Road
The grant money comes from monetary contributions made by local land developers, not public tax dollars.
Normally, the maximum reimbursement amount allowed is $975 per property, but a review by the township’s Environmental Advisory Council and supervisors determined that due to the nature and scope of the plantings a higher amount was warranted, said Township Manager Dave Nyman.