City to celebrate Arbor Day

Metro Wire Staff

Stevens Point will celebrate Arbor Day on May 11.

The public event will bring together the Stevens Point Parks Dept. and second graders from Madison Elementary School. City Forester Todd Ernster, along with others from the parks department, will help the students plant five trees at Pfiffner Pioneer Park.

Mayor Mike Wiza will join the group on the west side of the park band shell at 11 a.m.

According to a news release from the city’s forestry dept., the trees are “a mix” of local species, and will be planted around the band shell and new bathroom facility.

Two additional trees, both large Norway spruce funded by Wisconsin Public Service, will be planted using a mechanical tree spade.

The National Arbor Day Association has recognized the City of Stevens Point as a Tree City USA for 37 years. To qualify to be a Tree City USA, municipalities must have a Tree Board, adopt a Community Tree Ordinance, have Community Forestry Program, and have an Arbor Day Celebration.