|A little youth power went a long way toward helping the
Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works Forestry Section have successful
Earth Day/Arbor Day events.
Charles Mentzel, Forestry
Technician (right) of the Fort McCoy Urban Forestry Program
takes a seedling from West Salem seventh-graders. The seedling
was replanted on Arbor Day.
Photo by Rob Schuette
Seventh-grade students from the West Salem Middle School spent part
of their career day activities April 22 — Earth Day — helping Forestry
personnel remove pine and spruce seedlings from the Tarr Creek area. Jim
Kerkman, Fort McCoy forester, said this helped thin the trees in that
area to a more-sustainable level.
The seedlings then were used to support the installation’s National
Arbor Day event April 30. Kerkman said the seedlings were planted near
building 108 to provide additional tree cover. Pre-kindergarten children
from Fort McCoy’s Child Development Center helped Forestry personnel and
members of the Fort McCoy Command Group plant the several dozen
The Arbor Day Foundation recognized the installation as a Tree City USA
for the 21st consecutive year and also gave it a Tree City USA Growth
Kerkman said Fort McCoy received the award for its community forestry
efforts in planning and management, park and open space, tree planting
and maintenance, and hazard tree program.
Pre-kindergarteners from the
post’s Child Development Center display Fort McCoy’s Tree City
USA flag during an Arbor Day observance. Helping, from left,
are: Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser, Garrison Command
Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr., and
Garrison Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Annie Jackson.
Photo by Tom Michele
Fort McCoy continues to meet the standards to become a Tree City USA
community, which include a tree board or department, a tree care
ordinance, a comprehensive forestry program and an Arbor Day observance
Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser, who participated in the Arbor
Day ceremony, signed a proclamation that stated these (future) trees are
one of the most important natural resources contained on Fort McCoy.
Trees benefit Fort McCoy by providing a quality training environment,
watershed protection, wood products, food and shelter for wildlife,
outdoor recreation opportunities, clean air, noise buffers and
“Communities that are honored with a Tree City USA designation and
Growth Award make a strong commitment to planting and caring for trees,
and we applaud their efforts,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and
founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.
Information about the Arbor Day Foundation is available at
More information about the Tree City USA award program can be found at
the Web site