Dane County Tree Board Celebrates Arbor Day in Mt. Horeb

April 29, 2005
Lesley Sillaman, Office of the County Executive (608) 267-8823 or cell (608) 669-5606
County Executive

Mt. Horeb – Members of the Dane County Tree Board and fifth grade students from Mt. Horeb Intermediate Center will join Friday to celebrate Arbor Day at Stewart County Park. Tree Board members will assist students planting trees and conduct educational activities about the different recreational and functional uses of trees. The Tree Board will give students a copy of the newly-released “Wisconsin’s Champion Trees”, a book written by Tree Board member Bruce Allison and funded by Dane County, Madison Gas and Electric Foundation, Inc., Alliant Energy, We Energies, the Hooper Foundation and Terry Monson. “What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than with the release of ‘Wisconsin’s Champion Trees’,” said Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. “Thanks to the work of Bruce Allison, and the generosity of sponsors, tree lovers everywhere can enjoy this fabulous book as both a resource and learning tool.” Arbor Day (April 29, 2005) recognizes trees as one of our greatest resources. Trees are a renewable resources that not only provide shade for our homes and businesses, helping us save energy and lower energy costs, but also support our local and state economy by increasing property values and creating thousands of jobs in the green industry and in the production of paper and building products. The Dane County Tree Board consists of seven volunteers, appointed by the County Executive, to help promote proper tree management, education and forestry issues. “Trees are a part of our everyday lives, whether we are reading a book, writing a letter, or eating and walking on our lunch breaks, we all enjoy the comfort and beauty of trees,” said Jeff Gorman, Dane County Tree Board Chair. “The Tree Board is at work in our local communities assisting with local natural resource programs, initiatives and producing ‘how to’ information for property owners on proper tree maintenance and tree problems.” The Tree Board operates with the generous support of individual and business sponsors. To find out more, visit the Tree Board website at http://www.co.dane.wi.us/treeboard/treeboard.htm. Attached is a list of Tree Board members and advisors. Dane County Tree Board Members: Jeff Gorman, Chair Parks & Forestry Director, Village of Mt. Horeb Jeff Olson, Vice Chair Owner, Arbor Systems Dr. R. Bruce Allison Owner, Allison Tree Care Inc. Alexander Bolstad-Szele Citizen Representative Wayne Glowac Glowac, Harris, Madison, Inc. Madison Area Builders Association Thomas Krull Parks Commission Chair, Town of Middleton Larry Meiller Professor, UW - Department of Ag Journalism Radio Talk Show Host Paul Rusk Dane County Board Member Dane County Tree Board Advisors: Marla Eddy City Forester, City of Madison Lisa Johnson Horticulture Agent, Dane County UW Extension Scott Nelson Forester, Madison Gas & Electric ###