Spring Tree Planting

With help from some very generous donors we’ve been able to purchase about 60 trees for community plantings this spring. By engaging schools, community groups, and others we’re able to get more trees planted than we could alone, but also take the opportunity to teach people about proper planting, tree care, and the value of our urban forest.

The project started in early April with a trip to a native plant nursery in Norther Illinois (Possibility Place). We picked up about 115 trees for us and the Cambridge Tree Project. Some were small trees in 5 gallon pots, others were up to 1.5″ caliper, 10′ tall trees.

We’ve had the pleasure of planting trees with: 3rd graders at Lake View Elementary, volunteers at Community Groundworks, 5th graders at Shorewood Hills Elementary, Cub Scouts in Verona,  Memorial United Church in Fitchburg, after-school kids at O’keefe Elementary, 5th graders at Lake View Elementary, and students from Badger Rock Middle School.

The event with Badger Rock was even more exciting because with help from Dane County Parks and Adam Alves, the kids were able to climb trees using the same equipment that arborists like us use on a daily basis.

  • Nursery Stock

    A full load of trees on the way back from the nursery.

  • Lake View 2

    White oak, Red Bud, and Ironwood being planted on a hillside once colonized by honeysuckle at Lake View Elementary.

  • Lake View

    3rd Graders digging a hole at Lake View Elementary

  • Community Groundworks

    Planting trees on the grounds of Community Groundworks

  • Shorewood Elementary Planting 2

    Village forester, Corey, explains proper planting depth to the Shorewood Elementary school students.

  • Shorewood Elementary Planting

    A row of trees being planted by Shorewood Hills Elementary students.

  • Badger Rock Climbing 2

    Getting ready to climb the tree.

  • Badger Rock Climbing

    Getting boosted up into the tree.

  • Badger Rock Planting

    Badger Rock Middle School Students dig a hole for a bur oak in Baxter Park

  • Okeefe Oak

    A new Chinquapin Oak planted by the after-school program at O'Keefe Middle School.

  • Lake View Planting

    A white oak ready to go in the ground at Lake View Elementary School.

  • Fitchburg Planting

    Fitchburg Urban Forester Ed Bartel explains proper planting technique.

  • Fitchburg Oaks

    A new line of Swamp Bur Oaks (Quercus schuettei) at Swan Creek Park in Fitchburg