Onalaska students plant trees at city hall

New trees replace ash trees that had to be cut down

Students at Irving Pertzsch Elementary in Onalaska got a head start in celebrating Arbor Day.

About 40 kids from two 2nd grade classes helped plant eight new trees Thursday outside of Onalaska’s City Hall.

The new trees are replacing ash trees that had to be cut down because of the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.

The tree planting project is also in celebration of the city being named a ‘Tree City USA’ by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Students say they had fun. “We get to help out the Earth by planting more trees, and keeping the earth healthy,” said 2nd graders Emily and Adeline.

Onalaska officials hope to start replacing the rest of the ash trees in the city by the end of May.