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April 22, 2014

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: News media are invited to cover Friday's event, which is open to the public. WHO: Paul DeLong, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources forestry division administrator; WHAT: Ceremony and tree planting to celebrate Arbor Day; WHEN: Friday, April 25 starting at 12:15 p.m.; WHERE: Capitol Park - along Carroll Street, near Mifflin Street.

Participants will celebrate arrival of a large, red oak to be planted in the Capitol Park

MADISON - Dozens of children from area schools will help celebrate the state's 131st Arbor Day at the state Capitol just after noon on Friday, April 25 with songs, speeches and the planting of a large red oak tree.

The oak, which will arrive in a giant tree spade truck courtesy of The Bruce Co., represents a stately addition to the Capitol Park. The Arbor Day event, to be held just off the sidewalk along Carroll Street near the intersection of Mifflin Street starting at 12:15 p.m., will be marked with comments by Wisconsin Chief Forester Paul DeLong and songs by Madison musician Ken Lonnquist.

The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska in 1872 and was adopted in Wisconsin in 1883. Today, from Albany to Wonewoc, 192 communities in Wisconsin are designated as Tree City USA communities by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Those unable to join the celebration are encouraged to visit the DNR website for more tips on trees. Search keywords "Arbor Day.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Wyatt, DNR urban forestry specialist, 608-267-0568 or

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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