News from the EAC

Look for the latest news and information from the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) of Franklin Park Borough.

Remarkable Tree Program

Pennsylvania was named for our trees; Pennsylvania means Penn’s Woods. The EAC is starting a Remarkable Tree Program to begin a registry of notable trees within Franklin Park Borough in order to identify the grandest trees and help preserve these icons. The long-term goals of the program are to promote the importance of the tree canopy to our environment; promote stewardship to ensure sustainability of the canopy; foster community appreciation; celebrate the many social, economic, environmental, and human health benefits; as well as educate residents about appropriate preservation, conservation, maintenance and planting practices. We also aim to educate residents about key roles trees play in sustaining our environment. Inducted trees will serve as examples of arboricultural ideals, and/or demonstrate the long-term results of proper tree selection and placement. Nominated trees must be within Franklin Park. If you know of a Remarkable Tree, please bring it to our attention by submitting a Remarkable Trees Nomination Form either of the following ways.  Multiple nominations are welcome. Deadline for 2023 nominations is December 1, 2023.

Nomination Form - can be obtained one of the following ways:

Link to Species-Specific Age Factor Reference information.
Link to identification assistance information.

Certified Backyard Habitat Program

Transform your yard into an important habitat and food source for birds, pollinators, and wildlife through the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s (AWSP) Certified Backyard Habitat Program.  The program will connect you with the resources you need to make real change in your backyard. ASWP will visit your yard twice during the process, create a custom plan for your property, and provide you with a variety of resources to help you along the way. Enrollment is now open!

Mayor’s Monarch Pledge

Through the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge, Mayor O’Keefe has pledged to take action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose eastern populations have declined by 90% and western populations by 99% in recent years. Through the pledge, Franklin Park is committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators and to educate residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.

Happy Gardening!!!!

Our Community Garden is well underway with all 10 plots being leased for this year.  If you are interested in being placed on the waiting list you can contact Donna Platt at  The garden is located on property owned by the Borough at 2634 Big Sewickley Creek Road, Sewickley, PA  15143.  View the Community Garden Application and Community Garden Guidelines.