Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
1 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Boy Scout with a local troop helps plant trees April 23, 2022, at a training area on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort by the troop was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. Several scouts and their family members helped plant trees during the event that was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
2 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Boy Scouts with a local troop help plant trees April 23, 2022, at a training area on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort by the troop was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. Several scouts and their family members helped plant trees during the event that was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
3 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Boy Scouts with a local troop help plant trees April 23, 2022, at a training area on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort by the troop was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. Several scouts and their family members helped plant trees during the event that was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
4 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Students and staff with Sparta High Point Charter School participate in a tree planting event April 26, 2022, on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. The event was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
5 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Students and staff with Sparta High Point Charter School participate in a tree planting event April 26, 2022, on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. The event was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
6 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Students and staff with Sparta High Point Charter School participate in a tree planting event April 26, 2022, on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. The event was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
7 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Students and staff with Tomorrow Rivers Community Virtual School of Amherst Junction, Wis., participate in a tree planting event April 28, 2022, on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. The event was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
8 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Students and staff with Tomorrow Rivers Community Virtual School of Amherst Junction, Wis., participate in a tree planting event April 28, 2022, on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. The event was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
9 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Students and staff with Wisconsin Challenge Academy — a Fort McCoy tenant organization — participate in a tree planting event April 30, 2022, on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. The event was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
10 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Students and staff with Wisconsin Challenge Academy — a Fort McCoy tenant organization — participate in a tree planting event April 30, 2022, on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The effort was part an overall effort on post to plant more than 12,000 trees during the week of Arbor Day. The event was coordinated by the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
11 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A box with trees for planting is shown April 29, 2022, at the site for the Fort McCoy Arbor Day ceremony at Fort McCoy, Wis. During the observance, Fort McCoy Garrison leadership and other installation personnel helped children from the post Child Development Center plant hundreds of trees. The post also received its 33rd Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) during the celebration. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
12 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Forester Charles Mentzel with the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch shows event-goers how to plant a tree seeding as Fort McCoy, Wis., held its annual Arbor Day celebration April 29, 2022, west of Gate 5 on the cantonment area at the installation. During the observance, Fort McCoy Garrison leadership and other installation personnel helped children from the post Child Development Center plant hundreds of trees. The post also received its 33rd Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) during the celebration. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
13 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Event-goers plant tree seedlings as Fort McCoy, Wis., held its annual Arbor Day celebration April 29, 2022, west of Gate 5 on the cantonment area at the installation. During the observance, Fort McCoy Garrison leadership and other installation personnel helped children from the post Child Development Center plant hundreds of trees. The post also received its 33rd Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) during the celebration. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
14 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Event-goers plant tree seedlings as Fort McCoy, Wis., held its annual Arbor Day celebration April 29, 2022, west of Gate 5 on the cantonment area at the installation. During the observance, Fort McCoy Garrison leadership and other installation personnel helped children from the post Child Development Center plant hundreds of trees. The post also received its 33rd Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) during the celebration. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL
Thousands of trees planted in Fort McCoy training areas during week of Arbor Day
15 / 15 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Event-goers plant tree seedlings as Fort McCoy, Wis., held its annual Arbor Day celebration April 29, 2022, west of Gate 5 on the cantonment area at the installation. During the observance, Fort McCoy Garrison leadership and other installation personnel helped children from the post Child Development Center plant hundreds of trees. The post also received its 33rd Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) during the celebration. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.) (Photo Credit: Scott Sturkol) VIEW ORIGINAL

Every year the NFL has a week-long gala set of events for its annual Super Bowl, and it’s often referred to as “Super Bowl Week.” For the Fort McCoy Forestry Program, the week around Arbor Day is “Arbor Day Week.”

That week of Arbor Day often not only includes the Fort McCoy Arbor Day observance and tree planting where hundreds of trees are planted on the cantonment area, but also several other community-based tree planting events at a pre-determined area on post.

For 2022, in addition to Arbor Day on April 29, there were tree planting events in Training Areas A-4, B-5, and B-9 on South Post at Fort McCoy. During each of those events, dozens of youth participated along with many adults.

“All together this year, we planted more than 12,000 trees,” said Forester Charles Mentzel with the Forestry Office of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch, who organized the events with support from Forestry Technicians Tim Parry and Nick Randall. “These included 9,000 red pine trees and 3,000 jack pine trees in all four locations.”

Mentzel said the massive tree planting effort is a regular thing.

“Planting thousands of new trees is an effort that is repeated every year on post,” Mentzel said. “Fort McCoy has more than 46,000 acres of forested land managed by the Forestry Office, and it’s important to maintain those forested areas.”

Mentzel explained why Training Area B-05, for example, was selected for tree planting.

“We want that location to have trees as a screen to the interstate and the training area complex,” Mentzel said. “

The first tree planting took place on April 23. This event included Boy Scouts with Tomah (Wis.) Troop 5, West Salem (Wis.) Troop 77, Sparta (Wis.) Pack 67, and Tomah Pack 279. A Facebook post by Tomah Troop 5 said it was “in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day” and that all the troops “helped to plant over 2,000 trees at Fort McCoy.”

The second tree planting event took place on April 26. This included students and staff with the Sparta High Point Charter School.

“We first started planting with High Point of Sparta at least 10 years ago,” Mentzel said. “We only missed planting with them the last two years due to the pandemic. This year, 18 students showed up and planted more than 1,200 red pine trees in Training Area A-4. It was a very cold and windy spring day, but they were successful.”

On April 28, the Tomorrow Rivers Community Virtual School of Amherst Junction, Wis., had more than 60 people supporting planting trees at a South Post Training Area.

“That was also a successful event,” Parry said.

On April 30, the day after Fort McCoy’s Arbor Day observance, dozens of Wisconsin Challenge Academy cadets helped plant trees on South Post. The academy referred to the effort as a community service project, and the cadets planted jack pine trees.

Fort McCoy’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on the Defense Visual Information Distribution System at https://www.dvidshub.net/fmpao, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.” Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app to your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or another installation as your preferred base.