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Contact(s): Jeff Roe, DNR urban forestry team leader, 608-264-6294,
April 24, 2018

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker issued a proclamation recognizing Friday, April 27, 2018 as Arbor Day in Wisconsin and April 22-28, 2018 as Forest Appreciation Week. Arbor Day is an annual observance celebrating the role of trees and forests in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Wisconsin has celebrated Arbor Day on the last Friday of April since 1883.

Tree planting is fun for forest stewards of all ages - especially on Arbor Day. - Photo credit: DNR
Tree planting is fun for forest stewards of all ages - especially on Arbor Day.Photo credit: DNR

"Wisconsin's urban and rural forests all serve a vital role in the economy, environment and culture of our local communities and the state as a whole," said Jeff Roe, urban forestry team leader at the Department of Natural Resources. "The investments by individual homeowners and forest landowners are key to ensuring Wisconsin continues to have healthy and sustainable urban and rural forests for future generations to enjoy."

This year, the DNR has donated 32,245 tree seedlings to Wisconsin fourth-grade classrooms to commemorate Arbor Day. These seedlings, grown by the Division of Forestry's Reforestation Program, help young people learn about the important role of trees in their everyday lives.

"Urban forests can reduce energy costs, provide health benefits, improve air quality and control erosion," according to Roe. "It is clear our residents recognize the social and environmental benefits trees offer since so many communities across Wisconsin have earned Tree City USA designation."

Wisconsin is second in the nation for Tree City USA communities. Holding an Arbor Day celebration is one of the four standards of urban forest management a community must meet to achieve Tree City USA status. The other requirements are: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, and spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry.

For ideas on how to celebrate Arbor Day, go to the DNR website,, and search keywords "Arbor Day. "

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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