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Board Formed To Bring More Trees To Rhinelander

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The first tree among what are hoped to be many was planted Monday afternoon at Rhinelander City Hall.

Mayor Chris Frederickson authorized an advisory Tree Board to keep track of the current trees and to plant additional ones where possible.

Tree Board chair Tom Jerowsays he donated the white pine that was planted at city hall....

"We had a lot of street projects go in, removed a lot of trees. We want to get back to having shaded streets and neighborhoods..."

Jerow says besides beautification, more trees help with keeping homes and businesses cool in the summer. The city celebrated Arbor Day which is typically celebrated in April, but Jerow says this time of the year is better for tree planting. Jerow says they want to plant trees downtown and neighborhoods that have had sewer and water projects. They're looking at ways to find money to fund the planting and hopes the service clubs can help out.

Jerow says tree planting is a way for the public get involed with the project...

"We want people to take pride in the city. Get back to having those streets lined with trees and create liveable neighborhoods. It's all about quality of life..."

The Tree Board is meeting Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Carlson Funeral Home Parking lot to do a tour of the downtown.

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