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Appleton celebrates Arbor Day with another Tree City USA designation

Post Date:04/24/2015

Maintaining the more than 30,000 city-owned trees in Appleton is a tall task, literally and figuratively. It's a job that falls to Appleton City Forester Mike Michlig and his crew. And thanks to their efforts the city is celebrating Arbor Day with its 31st Tree City USA Designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation.


To earn the award a city must have a forestry department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual forestry budget (Page 324) of at least $2 per capita and an observance and proclamation in recognition of Arbor Day. 

Mayor Hanna read that proclamation at the Common Council meeting Wednesday night. In it he states, "I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and furthermore I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the wellbeing of this and future generations." 

As Mayor Hanna also stated in the proclamation, trees play a vital role in reducing topsoil erosion, help cut heating and cooling costs, are a renewable resource and help increase property values. 

The city has also been a recipient of the Tree City USA Growth Award for continually improving its community forestry program and a commitment to environmental improvements. 

City of Appleton property owners can participate in the community forestry program by requesting to have a tree planted on the terrace or boulevard in front of your home or business. You can also request to "donate" a tree or trees to be planted in the park of your choice as a memorial or in honor of a special person. Call (920) 832-5580 for more information. 

The City of Appleton celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday of April each year. In honor of Arbor Day the city forestry staff will be working with the Kiwanis Club of Appleton - Golden K club to plant 100 trees in Kiwanis Park on April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Anyone from the community interested in participating is welcome to join in. 

Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814

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