Saturday, 8:15 AM. 68 degrees F at the ferry dock, 61 on the back porch. Wind variable and mostly calm, with occasional light gusts. The sky is overcast and it is raining lightly and looks like it will do so most of the day. The humidity is 91% and the barometer is still falling, currently at 29.69". The forecast is rain today, clearing tomorrow and early in the week, with possible rain by Wednesday. What a growth year this has been! The gardens and the entire countryside are lush and green and productive.
DEDICATION OF BAYFIELD’S FIRST HERITAGE TREE
1:00 PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
MANYPENNY AVE. AND S. SECOND ST
The City of Bayfield Tree Board, the Mayor and Common Council, have designated the first Bayfield Heritage Tree. It is a red oak, Quercus rubra, located on the west side of South Second Street, just north of Manypenny Ave. Probably planted about the time the brick paved street was plated, it is 42" in diameter at breast height, and about 75 feet tall. Around 150 years old, it looks sound and healthy.
The street was just restored, the brick pavers taken up and re-laid, and new curbs installed, all done with care around the tree. Tree Board members fertilized the tree with fertilizer stakes at their September, 20015 meeting and the tree has been well watered and received plenty of rain since.
The intent of the Heritage Tree program is to memorialize City of Bayfield street and park trees that are important historically, environmentally or horticulturally, and to educate the public concerning their importance. Trees so designated will receive extra care and attention to help ensure their health and welfare.
This first Heritage Tree will be dedicated as part of the 2016 Bayfield Home Coming event at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 28, 2016.
The program will begin with a welcome by Bayfield Mayor Gordon Ringberg. A poem about trees will be read by Bayfield author Howard Paap.
Volunteer City Forester Art Ode will say a few words about the Tree Board, the Heritage Tree program, and its purpose and history.
Members of the Tree Board will be recognized, as will former Volunteer City Forester Howard Larsen.
Refreshments will be served at the Pavilion after the event.