The City of South Milwaukee is proud to once again be partnering with the South Milwaukee School District on a 2016 Arbor Day Celebration.
The Street Department will be planting one tree at each one of the South Milwaukee elementary schools to commemorate our second-annual Arbor Day event.
Trees go in the ground starting April 22.
I want to thank Assistant Street Superintendent Dan Ratajski for his leadership on this event — another symbol of our city’s commitment to enhancing our urban forest.
Much more to come in this area this spring, summer and beyond.
Communities must invest in trees. And South Milwaukee is.
The city continues to invest in urban forestry.
This time, it’s in stump grinding and removal.
The South Milwaukee City Council last Tuesday approved spending around $20,000 for the grinding of 196 tree stumps in street right of way and restoration of those areas. That includes 116 stumps from trees removed by property owners prior to 2014 — when ordinance changes stepping up the city’s ownership of street trees went into effect — and another 80 from trees removed by the Street Department in 2014 and 2015.
Removing dead and diseased trees like this is part of our ongoing commitment to this service, and we have a long ways to go, both in tree removal and replanting. But we’re making progress.
Removal will continue for years. A quick drive around town shows just how many dead or dying trees we have in the right of way in South Milwaukee.
And we’re making progress toward replanting.
Year one of the Arbor Day program was a big success, and we’ll bring it back in 2016.
We have to do more. The Beautification Committee will help.
One of its top duties will be to assist in tree planting efforts, including advising on a community tree management program (per Tree City USA requirements), coordinating an Adopt a Tree program for area residents, leading the Arbor Day celebration, and helping secure private funding for city tree planting efforts.
Want to join the committee? There is still time to apply. Please do so this week here.