Fort McCoy News May 10, 2013

Fort McCoy celebrates Arbor Day, Tree City award

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Jim Kerkman (left), Fort McCoy forester, demonstrates to youth from the Fort McCoy Child Development Center how to plant red pine seedlings during Fort McCoy's observance of Arbor Day.

The youth, along with parent volunteers, Child Development Center staff and Directorate of Publics Works personnel planted trees April 26 near the old main gate, inside of the fence along Highway 21.

The trees eventually will provide a visual screen between the highway and the cantonment area. Kerkman said the trees take about 20 years to be full grown.

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott (left in background) and Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Bissonette (right, background), along with youth from the Fort McCoy Child Development Center, display a National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA flag on Fort McCoy's observance of Arbor Day. The flag was awarded to the installation for the 24th consecutive year.

Photos by Geneve N. Mankel

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