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Thornbury Township Environmental Advisory Council


The Environmental Advisory Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Chairman: Rich White
Members: Larry Barrett
  Kate Grieco
  Rhona Klein
  Eva Grill
  Pam Cloud
  Eric Ye



Upcoming Events


Mission Statement:

The Environmental Advisory Council shall have the following powers:

  • Identify environmental problems.
  • Recommend plans and programs to the appropriate agencies for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the area of Thornbury Township.
  • Make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas of the Township of Thornbury.
  • Promote a community environmental program.
  • Maintain an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned including, but not limited to, flood prone areas, wetlands and other unique natural areas.
  • Advise the appropriate local governmental agencies in the acquisition of property, both real and personal.
  • Undertake such other environmental tasks as requested by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Thornbury.

The EAC meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month on the Ground Floor of the Township Building. Township residents are welcome to attend.



The EAC has established and oversees several wonderful trails in the township. Our mission has been to preserve open space in the township, to extend the length of existing ‘greenways’ and to provide residents with the opportunity to savor the natural scenic beauty that exists in our own community.  For more extensive descriptions and information on our trail system, please follow the Trails link under Recreation.

EAC Sponsored Community Outreach and Education Programs

Every year the EAC hosts a Community Education Program at the Township Building. 

In 2016, we sponsored a Composting Seminar presented by Sam Barnett of the Master Gardeners and Penn State Extension. The first 10 residents to sign up received a free composting bin. 

On April 8, 2017 from 11am -12pm, we hosted a Watershed/Stormwater Run-off Educational seminar presented by Vail Ryan of the Master Watershed Program and Penn State Extension.  The seminar was held in the Township Building and the first 10 residents that signed up received a free rain barrel.

Monarch Butterfly Project:

In 2016, the EAC began a new project to address the growing concern about the drastic decline of the Monarch butterfly population to near extinction levels.  Milkweed plants are essential for the ability of Monarchs to thrive and reproduce but these have been greatly reduced in number by increased development as well as by the use of herbicides. We are attempting to create Monarch waystations by preserving known stands of milkweed plants on township property by signposting these areas and not mowing them during the growing season. In addition, new milkweed seedlings were planted in select locations such as in the field adjacent to the Thornbury township Farmer’s Market to further encourage monarch habitats. We are pleased to report that numerous residents participated by informing us of existing milkweed plants and informing us when Monarchs were sighted.