I always enjoy Arbor Day. In fact I was able to participate in Madison's first Arbor Day event in 1989 planting a tree at Odana Golf Course with the assistance of a local Boy Scout Troop. I generally plant a tree with school children on this day, but this year, I was joined by former Mayor Joel Skornica, Alder Mike Verveer and others as we planted trees on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in front of the Madison Municipal Building. We received some assistance from 18th District Alder Anita Weier and downtown resident Rosemary Lee among others. The Madison Parks Department, which includes Forestry has my continued appreciation for their hard work as they maintain trees not only on terraces throughout the City but also in parks. We planted Gingko trees this year, something we may see more of as Forestry employees work to develop a diverse canopy to replace the Ash trees that will be removed.
Our city has recently been named a Sterling Community by the Arbor Day Foundation,for its dedication and leadership in community forestry. That is something to celebrate. You don't have to wait until next Arbor Day to plant a tree too!