Today the Village of Elkhart Lake kicked off a collaborative project with the Sheboygan Rotary Clubs through its Restoration Of Our Trees Sheboygan (ROOTS) program to combat the devastation of public forests caused by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation in this prominent resort venue. ROOTS and its parent Sheboygan Rotary Club are providing a matching cash grant and volunteer support to assist the Village of Elkhart Lake including supporting the Elkhart Lake Fire Department with a project of accelerated replanting of non-ash trees in several of the community’s most prominent municipal parks and parkways.  At today’s well-attend event, we planted 6 trees in Fireman’s Park and will plant more next year in this park as well as Village Square Park, Lions Park, and Village parkways.

During the project rollout today, Tony Fessler, ROOTS Chair, was supported by Trustee John Schott, Fire Chief Pat Zorn, Tree Commission Chair Pat Robison,  Rotary Club President Scott Luedke, and LNRP Project Coordinator Kendra Kelling in encouraging maximum support for this ongoing effort by area corporations, businesses and foundations with an interest of preserving our endangered forest canopy for future generations. For more information on the Village project please contract Jessica Reilly at clerk@elkhartlakewi.gov. For information on the ROOTS program (www.rootswi.org), please contact Tony Fessler at fessler.e.anthony@gmail.com.