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Fourth-graders in New Richmond spent the morning of April 29 learning about and planting trees at Cyclone Park in New Richmond.

NR students celebrate Arbor Day

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New Richmond fourth-graders spent April 29 at Cyclone Park to celebrate Arbor Day.

The fourth-graders spent about an hour at demonstrations learning about pruning, identifying and planting trees. At the end of the day, each class planted a tree in the park.

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The annual Arbor Day celebration began in 2007 when 13, 10-foot trees were planted along Richmond Way by Westfield Hospital. Last year trees were planted at Paperjack Park.

After learning the proper way to plant trees from Ruth Hilfiker, of EcoGrow Consulting of New Richmond, students put their new knowledge to the test while planting a variety of trees.

Proper planting is the best way to ensure a tree's survival, Hilfiker told the kids. Planting too deep is the leading cause of tree death.

The New Richmond Urban Forestry Committee was formed in 2005 under the leadership of Joe Kerlin, parks and recreation director. In 2005 - 2006 an extensive tree inventory was done.

The city has been trying to follow guidelines for tree planting within a city as suggested by Laura Jull, woody ornamental specialist at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

The guidelines include:

• Plant no more than 30 percent of a family.

• Plant no more than 20 percent of a genus.

• Plant no more than 10 percent of a species.

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Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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