Scott Wade – a native of Harmonyville, in Warwick Township, and a certified arborist – has created the Champion Trees of Pennsylvania, a website to keep record of the biggest trees in the state in a way easily accessible to the public, writes Olivia Miller for the York Dispatch.
The site has a list of large trees in the Keystone State, updates on recently discovered additions, and how to measure and nominate trees. According to Wade, a tree is considered a champion if it is the biggest known of its species within the state.
Wade said he discovered his love for nature while growing up in Chester County.
“There weren’t a lot of kids around, so I spent a lot of time with my dog hiking in the woods,” said Wade.
A Media resident, Wade has been working at Longwood Gardens for a decade. When he volunteered to be the Pennsylvania Forestry Association’s state coordinator in 2011, he decided to create a website.
“The problem with books is that, as soon as it’s printed, it’s already outdated,” he said. “It being online keeps it alive.”
In addition to learning about history and benefits of trees, page visitors can document trees in their communities.
Read more about Scott Wade in the York Dispatch here.