Fort McCoy has been designated as a Tree City USA for the 19th
The honor is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation,
which recognizes organizations that are committed to community
Fort McCoy has met the four standards required to become a Tree
City USA community. The standards are: a tree board or department, a
tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an
Arbor Day observance.
Installation Forester Jim Kerkman said he is pleased Fort McCoy
has been selected as a Tree City USA every year since 1989. The
commitment helps improve the quality of life for those who work and
train on the installation.
A tree-planting/Arbor Day observance will be held at Fort McCoy
at a date to be determined, he said.
"Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air,
conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into
our daily lives," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the
National Arbor Day Foundation."
"Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected
officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community
forest. Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our
cities and towns, and provide environmental benefits."
(Submitted by the National Arbor Day