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Village president declares May 1 as ‘Arbor Day’
In Gays Mills
Kohles planting trees
PLANTING TREES was the order of day for Gays Mills Village Forester Cindy Kohles and Daniel Smiley on Saturday, April 17. With Andrew Smiley aboard the tractor pulling the planter and Jim Maybee Jr. working on the ground with the crew, the tree-planting project on some vacant lots on Rebecca Street moved quickly. The species planted included river birch, hackberry, wild plum, butternut, hickory and swamp white oak. Funding for the project was supplied by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Kickapoo Cultural Exchange.

GAYS MILLS - “Our community trees provide significant health-promoting, ecological, economic, and aesthetic benefits.  Therefore, we want to honor all those who preserve, plant, protect, and care for trees in the village.  I proclaim Saturday, May 1st as Arbor Day in the Village of Gays Mills,” Gays Mills Village President Harry Heisz said.

You can participate in the celebration by meeting with Cindy Kohles, the Gays Mills Village Forester at the Lions Park shelter between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.  Pick up a free chinkapin oak or sugar maple tree, while supplies last.  Share your thoughts about and goals for village trees. Ask questions about your trees. Learn about the Village’s 2021 urban forestry cost-sharing program.  Or, just visit.  Coloring sheets will be available for children.

To learn more about trees in the Village of Gays Mills visit the village’s website: