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New Glarus Arbor Day 2020: Forging Ahead

 

June 11, 2020

Photo courtesy of Paul Jennrich

New Glarus Public Works Director Joe Cockroft joins staff Jerry Parkinson and Chuck Loeffelholz to plant a new tree across from the post office with the social distancing guidelines in mind.

For the past twenty-four years, scores of New Glarus-area adults and hundreds of high school students have gathered together in the spring to plant trees throughout the village in celebration of Arbor Day. New Glarus, a Tree City USA community for 25 years, has been singled out in the past by state forestry officials as a great example of involving the community in the creation and care of its urban forest.

Photo courtesy of Paul Jennrich

Newly-planted Japanese Tree Lilacs now line the 100 block of 5th Avenue, downtown New Glarus. The trees replace the Ornamental Pears which were removed due to disease.

The community effort was put to a halt this year due to the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictions it caused. Yet, there are few things more hopeful than planting trees, and the Village Public Works director and staff stepped forward to help Village Forester Paul Jennrich plant 20 trees in honor of Arbor Day on a beautiful spring morning in New Glarus.

A total of 14 trees were planted in the village downtown business district to complete the replacement of the original downtown street trees. There also were four new trees planted at Hoesly Pond and two replacement trees planted along the Sugar River Trail, near the entrance to the Village.

Next spring will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Arbor Day tree planting in the Village, with over 1,100 trees planted over those 25 years. We look forward to returning to our community event, with a large group of volunteers, a wonderful group lunch, and most importantly, planting lots of trees!

Anyone wishing to purchase terrace trees for next year's planting, volunteer for next year's event or provide a donation to help fund tree planting may contact Village Forester Paul Jennrich at (608) 527-5833.

 
 

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