Celebrating Arbor Day

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Arbor Day is Thursday, and I’m happy to say the City of South Milwaukee is partnering with the South Milwaukee School District to celebrate.

How? By planting trees, of course.

The city will plant a tree at each of the four South Milwaukee public elementary schools over the next couple of weeks. A brief ceremony is planned at each school recognizing Arbor Day and the planting.

The schedule, all at 3 p.m. …

  • Thursday, April 23: E. W. Luther
  • Monday, April 27: Rawson
  • Wednesday, April 29: Lakeview
  • Friday, May 1: Blakewood

Here is a flyer. And here is a proclamation passed by the city council last night.

None of this would be possible without the leadership of hard work of Dan Ratajski, our assistant street department, who is receiving significant training from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in urban forestry, as we ramp up our city tree program. This event came out of those efforts.

And let’s also thank Walmart, which stepped up to donate $1,000 for the tree planting.

I am excited to get behind efforts like this, as we grow our urban forestry program. We took on this important added service last year, and we’re in it for the long term.

I also ask you to consider planting a tree in 2015 …

Happy Arbor Day!

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