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City Hall Campus to Benefit from Arbor Day Celebration

The city's annual celebration will focus improving the area around City Hall and the Greenfield Community Center.

In two short weeks, the Greenfield Beautification Committee will be focusing its annual Arbor Day Celebration efforts cleaning, and green-ing up the City Hall campus.

But initial steps have already been taken.

In recent weeks, City Forester Dennis Fermenich identified several declining ash trees around and the , trees susceptible to Emerald Ash Borer.

The trees, as well as several large shrubs, were marked with pink ribbons and taken down by Division of Public Works employees.

The good news, according to a recent Patch column submitted by Fermenich, is the citizens of Greenfield will ", thanks to the help of a Wisconsin DNR Urban forestry grant, Greenfield DPW, Arbor Day donations, the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers from all walks of our community."

In addition to the replacement trees, the terrace area south of the Community Center will get a major upgrade thanks to the donation of longtime Greenfield resident Bill Radler, the former director at Boerner Botanical Gardens.

Radler is donating several trees, shrubs and flowers for the terrace, and paying for all the labor to be done by Terra-Firma Landscape, Inc.

The Arbor Day event is 10 a.m. May 5. For more, check out the Greenfield Beautification Committee's .

KHD April 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Well, that is great. How about replacing the dead trees on 78th and 79th. streets, 4200 and 4300 blocks that were planted when they did street construction TWO years ago? City also said they will remove tree stakes last year. Whats up with that?
Daniel Ewert April 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM
The replacements of some of the tree in the street project are thru a contract from 2010 which will be acted upon by the tree vendor. This will happen before the end of May. As far as the removal of tree stakes the same contract has until the end of the second growing period to remove all tree stakes. In the future if you have questions regarding Forestry issues please call the Division of Public Works and ask them of me. Dan Ewert Superintendent.
KHD April 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Well, for your information, I did call and talked with you. You didn't have any information on stake removal and referred me to the city Forester. He said it was fine to remove the stakes. You also said the Tree vendor would replace trees last summer, in 2011. Why wait another year to replace DEAD trees? Should have been done last year.
Daniel Ewert April 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Hopefully I can clear this up for you. I may have referred you to the forester but would not have said I know nothing about the staking. There were problems with the Contractor who was to do the replacement trees, this has since been resolved. You by the way have an advantage of knowing who you are talking to. I do not. This is off of the article subject so I would again suggest you contact me directly. 761-5372. Thanks.

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