Growing Greener Communities Award


Natural Lands Trust is pleased to present the Growing Greener Communities Award to honor conservation-minded accomplishments by townships in our community.

wetlands study

riparian planting

Natural Lands Trust’s Growing Greener Communities Award was developed to recognize townships that have engaged in a dynamic initiative designed to save land, steward natural resources, and/or connect people to nature. The award is presented to a Chester County township (in partnership with the Chester County Association of Township Officials) and a Montgomery County township (in partnership with the Montgomery County Association of Township Officials) each spring.

“We believe it’s important to recognize the excellent conservation work happening at the township level and celebrate the dedicated officials, staff, and volunteers who make it possible,”  said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust.

Examples of qualifying projects include:

  • Dynamic utilization of open space, such as a community garden or multi-use trail
  • Efforts to care for land and water, such as a stream clean up, riparian buffer planting, meadow naturalization, or environmentally sensitive stormwater management
  • Progressive, conservation-minded planning, such as ordinances that preserve community green space or improve commercial corridors with shade trees and other greening elements

 Questions on the award or nomination process?
or call 610-353-5587 ext. 211.

Download the Chester County application here!

Download the Montgomery County application here!

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Congratulations, Upper Salford Township!

In 2016, Natural Lands Trust presented the Growing Greener Communities Award to Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County.

Upper Salford Township has taken the lead in planning their growth in a way that protects their cultural and natural resources by creating a comprehensive Greenway Guidebook. Upper Salford’s plan is an excellent example of how deliberate and thoughtful development is key to protecting clean water, air, and a beautiful countryside rich in local character for the Township’s residents, businesses, and tourists.

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