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Spring Tree Spree

Jump start the beginning of a new season with some outdoor spring cleaning. Volunteers will be able to lend a hand at the 20th Annual Arbor Day Spring Tree Planting and Park Cleanup at High Cliff State Park on April 27 from 9am–1pm.
The number of trees planted each year ranges anywhere from 12 to 1,000, but the goal for this year’s event is to plant 500 seedlings. Depending on the weather, people can choose which task they would like to help with whether it’s picking up litter or planting trees.

Tree planting is organized by one of the park rangers who helps decide where to plant and organizes volunteers getting the trees in the ground.

Carolyn Morgen, park superintendent, says High Cliff is one of the busiest state parks in Wisconsin, so there are many visitors who appreciate the opportunity to give back.

“It’s neat to see all the different groups of people come together from different backgrounds and interests to help out,” Morgen says.

Friends of High Cliff State Park will offer a hot dog lunch in the Pavilion area at 12pm.
Volunteers should bring shovels and work gloves, and wearing old clothes and water-resistant boots is recommended. Groups of six or more are asked to pre-register by calling 989-1106.

—By Sara Stein

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