Arbor Day Celebration in Wonewoc

Don Kissinger of the DNR demonstrates the proper way to plant a tree.
The village of Wonewoc celebrated Arbor Day on April 27th by planting maple trees at the village high school and started what hopes to be a long-standing Arbor Day tradition.  Northwoods Casket Company's $1000 donation will allow the village to achieve its goal of becoming a Tree City USA, something the community has aspired to become for many years.  

The Arbor Day planting was led by Don Kissinger, the DNR Regional Urban Forestry Coordinator.  Don demonstrated the proper way to plant a tree and then oversaw the planting of several more trees at the high school by Mr. Rueckheim's sophomore biology class.  Steve Mitchell from Thompson Funeral Home helped plan the event and was also in attendance as well Paul Saether from the Northwoods Casket Company.

Students from Mr. Rueckheim's sophomore biology class plant a tree.
To be a Tree City USA, a city must establish a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, organize an annual Arbor Day observance with a tree planting event, and pass a Tree Care Ordinance that establishes a Forestry Program meant to provide clear guidance for planting, maintaining and removing trees from public places.  Village Supervisor Lee Kucher commented, "The Arbor Day celebration is the beginning of a new era for Wonewoc. We recognize that trees are valuable assets and this event demonstrates our commitment to establish a tradition of tree planting in the village."  

 At Northwoods Casket Company, we are thankful to all the individuals who made this event a successful one and we hope this is the first of many Arbor Day celebrations for the beautiful Village of Wonewoc, Tree City USA.  To see more photos from the event, visit Wonewoc's Community Photo page online.