Community tree planting hits the ground in Falls

by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor


A TOTAL OF 14 VOLUNTEERS from the Sheboygan Falls Park Board and Sheboygan Falls High School assisted in planting 208 trees, during the second annual Community Tree Planting Day event at Westside Park, K Meadows Park and the Western Avenue water tower site on Saturday, April 28. - Submitted photo A TOTAL OF 14 VOLUNTEERS from the Sheboygan Falls Park Board and Sheboygan Falls High School assisted in planting 208 trees, during the second annual Community Tree Planting Day event at Westside Park, K Meadows Park and the Western Avenue water tower site on Saturday, April 28. - Submitted photo For the second consecutive year, the city of Sheboygan Falls held a Community Tree Planting Day event Saturday, April 28, which saw local volunteers plant 208 trees at three locations throughout the city.

The event was made possible by a $4,000 grant from American Transmission Co., (ATC) a utility company based in Waukesha.

Planning for the Sheboygan Falls Community Tree Planting Program was spearheaded by the Sheboygan Falls Park Board, which scouted out the locations and the types of trees to be planted.

A total of 14 volunteers participated in the event, including Sheboygan Falls Park Board members and students from Sheboygan Falls High School.


VOLUNTEERS HELPED PLANT 208 trees, during the second annual Community Tree Planting Day event at Westside Park, K Meadows Park and the Western Avenue water tower site on Saturday, April 28. - Submitted photo VOLUNTEERS HELPED PLANT 208 trees, during the second annual Community Tree Planting Day event at Westside Park, K Meadows Park and the Western Avenue water tower site on Saturday, April 28. - Submitted photo Tree planting efforts took place at the Westside-Bluebird Lane Park location, K Meadows Park and the Western Avenue water tower site on Saturday, April 28.

“The Community Tree Planting Program is very important to our park system,” said former Sheboygan Falls Park Board President Bob Hackel, who helped organized this year’s Community Tree Planting Day event. “We will be losing almost half of all the trees in our parks due to the Emerald Ash Borer over the next 3 to 5 years and we need to plan for the replacement of those trees.”

Nine different types of trees were planted at the three locations in the city of Sheboygan Falls, including American elm (10), hackerry (25), honeylocust (41), American lindenbasswood (30), sugar maple (25), burr oak (10), red oak (10), white pine (25) and Allegheny serviceberry (25).


SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL students Arnu Phonnachit and Hanna Lilesand assisted the Sheboygan Falls Park Board in planting 208 trees, during the second annual Community Tree Planting Day event at Westside Park, K Meadows Park and the Western Avenue water tower site on Saturday, April 28. - Submitted photo SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL students Arnu Phonnachit and Hanna Lilesand assisted the Sheboygan Falls Park Board in planting 208 trees, during the second annual Community Tree Planting Day event at Westside Park, K Meadows Park and the Western Avenue water tower site on Saturday, April 28. - Submitted photo As an electric transmission utility company which owns and operates systems that pro- vide high-voltage power to communities throughout the country, ATC’s Community Planting Program is based in part on the importance of planting trees and other vegetation a safe distance away from electric transmission lines.

Entering its sixth season, ATC’s Community Planting Program aims to educate and partner with communities in understanding ATC’s electric transmission line vegetation management practices.

The city of Sheboygan Falls was among a handful of Wisconsin communities to receive grants in an amount ranging from $500 to $5,000 to cover the cost of tree planting projects on public property.

Eligible funds include the cost of purchasing the vegetation with the participating community responsible for planting materials (mulch and soil), labor and installation equipment.

In addition, ATC encourages plans that incorporate energy efficiency benefits and promote landscaping options that comply with ATC’s maintenance standards.

ATC’s Community Planting Program is also designed to help support the initiatives of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. ATC has partnered with the DNR’s Urban Forestry group to help educate communities interested in learning more about this program.


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