Community plant day set for May 14 - April 29 2011

OSHKOSH, WI – Do you like to get dirty in the garden? Are you interested in the environment? Would like to see a more beautiful Oshkosh?

As part of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation's Taking Root project partnership, the City of Oshkosh is hosting a Community Plant Day the morning of Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Volunteers will be asked to help plant trees along the riverwalk in Riverside Park. People should contact Oshkosh City Forester Bill Sturm by e-mail at bsturm@ci.oshkosh.wi.us or phone at 920-232-5314 to participate.

Taking Root is a beautification project launched by the Community Foundation in January 2009 that aims to not only improve the quality of life for Oshkosh's residents, but also to promote Oshkosh as a leader in green communities.

The initiative targeted a $500,000 fundraising goal, which has since been met and funds are now being raised for an endowment for tree maintenance. In 2010, Phase I of the project included the planting of 1,000 trees along eight city streets and in six parks and public spaces.

Planting for Phase II of the mostly private-funded project will begin Monday, May 2, 2011, weather permitting. Residents are being notified by the city if their terrace is among the nearly 1,400 sites where a tree(s) will be planted.

In March, the Community Foundation and its partners, the City of Oshkosh Forestry Department and Ranger Services Inc. of Appleton, were presented with the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council's 2011 Award for Project Partnership and the City of Oshkosh's Community Partner Award in recognition the Taking Root Fund initiative.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive.

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