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Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day

During the month of April, we have not one but two opportunities to celebrate all of the good things provided to us by Mother Nature. Earth Day is April 22, while Arbor Day is celebrated on April 25.

To raise public awareness about environmental issues, then U.S. Senator and former Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970. While more than 20 million participants across the nation took part in the first celebration, Earth Day is now observed in more than 175 countries worldwide. In fact, though Earth Day falls on April 22 each year, many organizations have taken to celebrating Earth Week - or even Earth Month - with a series of envirnomental activities in April.

For Earth Day this year, there are a number of things you and your family can do to demonstrate your support for the environment. The following are some suggestions:

  • Ride your bike to work or form a carpool
  • Organize an event where you live, such as picking up trash along roadways, parks or riverbanks.
  • Make recycling a priority.
  • Support businesses that are eco-friendly.
  • Attend an environmental festival.
  • Support an area nature center.
  • Communicate your priorities to your elected officials.
  • Purchase appliances that carry the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Talk to your children about the importance of preserving our environment.

Arbor Day is celebrated annually on April 25 and provides the perfect opportunity to jumpstart those plans to add a tree to two to the landscaping in your yard. While improving the appearance of your home, shade trees can help reduce your heating and cooling costs. Deciduous trees that shade the south and west sides of the building can reduce air conditioning costs in summer while allowing warm sunlight through during the winter months.

If you're planting a tree, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Spring and early fall are generally the best planting seasons.
  • High, wide-crowned deciduous varieties (such as maple, beech and poplar trees) provide the best shade.
  • Consider the mature size of the tree when choosing what type to plant.
  • Trees should be planted 25 to 35 feet from the area to be shaded (such as roofs, windows, air conditioners and porches).
  • Always plant the tree(s) away from underground pipelines or wires, septic tanks and overhead utility lines.
  • Before digging, be sure to call Diggers Hotline at 800-242-8511 to have underground utilities located.

If you are planning to plant a tree, consider participating in New Holstein Utilities' Tree Power! Rebate Program. By meeting the eligibility requirements, you will receive a rebate of up to $50 for each tree planted (for a maximum of 3 trees per year). More information about the program can be found in the Energy Efficiency/Residential Programs section of this website or contact the NHU office at 898-5776.