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Emerald Ash Borer Traps in Orchid Heights Park

Emerald Ash Borer Traps in Orchid Heights Park

In an effort to understand and treat the Emerald Ash Borer problem, the city continues to look for ways to stay ahead of the problem.

The Emerald ash Borer is an exotic, invasive beetle that is having a significant impact on the city's urban forest.

More than 28 percent of the city's trees (both on public and private land) are Ash trees.

The detection process will allow the city's horticulture division to detect the problem before it becomes unmanageable.

Depending on the size of the tree, some of the smaller trees will be removed and the larger trees will be treated.   

The removal of the trees will allow the city to diversify it's urban forest. The city will look to replace the trees with Oaks, Sycamores, Gingkos, Horse Chestnuts and Buckeyes among others.

Compost, Rain Bin Sale A Success

Compost, Rain Bin Sale A Success

The compost bin and rain barrel sale held on Saturday, May 7 at the Middleton Public Works Garage was a huge success, according to organizers.

Officials said that residents were lined up to purchase items when the sale started at 7 a.m.

There were 200 compost bins, 60 rain barrels, 50 kitchen compost buckets and 50 compost turners available for sale to start the day. Everything sold out with the exception of 70 compost bins.

Organizers said if future sales are held they will have more rain barrels and accessories.

City leaders said they wanted to send out a thank you to all of the volunteers.

City Says Compost Bin/Rain Barrel Sale A Success

 

The city of Middleton said the compost bin/rain barrel sale held on Saturday at the Middleton Public Works Garage was a success.

The sale ran from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and organizers said that by 7 a.m., residents were already lined up to purchase items.

There were 200 compost bins, 60 rain barrels, 50 kitchen compost buckets and 50 compost turners available for sale, according to Abby Attoun, associate planner.

Attoun said people were allowed to line up at the cash table at 8:30 a.m. and soon after the sale began at 9 a.m., all of the rain barrels were sold.

The kitchen compost buckets and compost turners sold out by 9:45 a.m. At the end of the day, everything was sold with the exception of 70 compost bins, organizers said.

Attoun said if the event is held again next year, they will plan to have more rain barrels and accessories available.

Attoun also thanked the volunteers who helped with the event.

 

Annual Compost Bin, Rain Barrel Sale Scheduled

Annual Compost Bin, Rain Barrel Sale Scheduled

 

The city of Madison and Dane County will hold their annual home compost bin and rain barrel sale on Saturday, May 7. 

The one-day only sale will feature the Earth Machine home composter and the Systern rain barrel. 

The sale will take place at the Alliant Energy Center and the Middleton Public Works Garage. The Earth Machine will be on sale for $45 and the Systern will sell for $55.

Alliant Energy Center sale hours are 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Customers should use the Olin Avenue entrance.

The Middleton Public Works Garage, located at 3300 Laura Lane, will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Bins and rain barrels are sold on a first come, first served basis. You do not have to be a Madison or Dane County resident to purchase a bin or a rain barrel, and you can buy as many bins or barrels as you wish.

Volunteers Needed For Compost Bin, Rain Barrel Sale In Middleton

Volunteers Needed For Compost Bin, Rain Barrel Sale In Middleton

Volunteers are also needed for the upcoming Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale in Middleton.

The sale will be held Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Garage located at 3300 Laura Lane.

Organizers said they need two volunteers for to work from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and five volunteers to work from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Abby Attoun, Associate Planner, at aattoun@ci.middleton if you would like to volunteer.

To learn more about the sale, please go to http://www.ci.middleton.wi.us/City/Sustainability/compostbinsale.htm.

 

Volunteers Needed For Clean & Green Middleton Event

Volunteers Needed For Clean & Green Middleton Event

Volunteers are still needed for Clean & Green Middleton, which will be held Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1600 Aspen Commons in Greenway Station.

Organizers said they need five volunteers to work from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., and six volunteers to work from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thouse interested in helping in the city's reuse and recycling event should Contact Abby Attoun, Associate Planner, at aattoun@ci.middleton.

For more about what items are being collected at Clean & Green Middleton, go to http://www.ci.middleton.wi.us/City/Sustainability/CleanandGreen2011.htm.

 

Park Elementary To Focus On Trees

Park Elementary To Focus On Trees

Park Elementary School in Cross Plains will participate in a workshop held by the Dane County Tree Board on Earth Day on Friday, April 22 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Fourth and fifth grade students at Park School will rotate through five stations facilitated by local arborists, including Tree Identification, What is an Arborist?, Identifying and Counting Tree Rings using "tree cookies", Soil/Mulching and Composting.  

During the final station, fourth and fifth grade classes will be planting a tree on school property.

Five trees have been generously donated by Solvang Nurseries and MG&E.