To celebrate 100 years in the community, Carlson Funeral Home is organizing the planting of 100 elm trees throughout the city. The native elm population was decimated by Dutch elm disease as well as the severe storm that destroyed the few remaining in Hodag Park a number of years ago. The trees to be planted are known as Liberty elms and have been developed with resistance to the Dutch disease and will grow to introduce new generations to this tree species.
Carlson Funeral Home is enlisting the help of local community groups and organizations to facilitate the location, planting and future care of these trees.
Organizations involved include the City of Rhinelander, cemeteries, schools, service clubs, golf courses and the Master Gardeners group. A further goal of the project is to aid the City of Rhinelander in its designation as a national “Tree City.”
Carlson Funeral Home will be providing the trees, planting kits, training for planting and care and coordination of volunteers. Planting is set for mid-May. An organizational meeting for all interested parties is planned for Tuesday, April 23, at the Days Inn in Rhinelander. Those who are interested in participating are invited to attend. The meeting will begin at 12:15 p.m. with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and a planning session to follow.
For more information, call the funeral home at (715) 369-1414.