Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
A Rhinelander business, celebrating its 100th anniversary, donated 100 disease resistant Liberty Elm trees to be planted in public spaces by civic organizations. MGVs worked on the planning committee, which included the City of Rhinelander, to locate the trees according to a predetermined, DNR approved plan. GPS locations were collected for future records and use. They also worked with Diggers Hotline to assure the locations were clear of utilities. On Saturday, May 18, over 100 people (ranging in age from 6 to 70+) representing over 20 community organizations were in attendance to receive instructions on planting the 100 ‘Liberty’ Elm trees throughout town. MGVs demonstrated proper tree planting techniques and provided information about tree care to those present. The environmental benefits and values of urban trees were also discussed. With the help of the City of Rhinelander personnel, locations for all of the trees were already marked and Diggers Hotline was contacted. By about 1:00 p.m. that afternoon, all 100 trees had been planted and watered. MGVs assisted with watering as needed throughout the summer. However, little watering needed and the trees are off to a great start and are expected to have a long-lasting positive impact on our community.