Monday, June 25, 2018

Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Completes Community Tree Management Institute

Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director, Stephanie Schlag, recently completed the requirements of the Wisconsin Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI). This innovative training program helps municipal employees develop effective urban forestry program leadership and management skills.  CTMI is delivered in three separate two-day sessions. 

Lessons address fundamental and contemporary tree management topics such as: inventories, management plans, urban and community forestry operations (planting, pruning and removal), legal issues related to municipal trees, partnering with electric utilities, protecting trees during construction, tree biology, hardscape conflicts, soils, risk tree management and tree emergencies, and much more.  Instructors for included municipal forestry staff, university staff, consultants, and DNR staff.

The variety of instructors, their perspectives and interactive components are meant to appeal to all learning styles.  Students also complete an out-of-class forestry project suitable for their community. 

Students from twenty-six Wisconsin communities participated in this training program. Knowledge and skills acquired during six days of intensive CTMI training will help graduates apply resourceful solutions to improve management of municipal trees and green space. Well-maintained trees contribute to increased property values, energy conservation, improved air quality, reduced storm water run-off, improved public health and a better quality of life. 
The CTMI training was completed on Wednesday, June 20 at UW-Stevens Point.  Students spent the evening with Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council representatives, making connections and sharing with the council their issues and successes. 
The Community Tree Management Institute is sponsored and developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with assistance from UW-Stevens Point and the City of Stevens Point.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Youth Fun Run a Summer Success

The Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, with the help of the Preble Cross Country Team is hosting a Youth Fun Run Series sponsored by O.S.M.S. this summer.  The first run of the summer was on Sunday, June 3 and was a great success.  The next run is coming up on Sunday, June 24th.  The runs are held at Josten Park starting at 7:00pm with 1.0, 0.5 and 0.25 mile courses, all lead by members of the Preble Cross Country Team.  This is a FREE event (thank you to our sponsors!) and once you register for one, you are registered for all 4 runs.  Kids who participate in all 4 runs throughout the summer will get a ribbon for completing the series. 
The upcoming dates are:
Sunday, June 24
Sunday, July 15
Sunday, August 5
You can register at the park prior to the run (starting at 6:30pm) or you can register online HERE.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hydrant Flushing to Begin June 18

The Village of Bellevue will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the Village beginning the week of June 18, 2018 and concluding by June 29, 2018. Hydrants east of Main Street will be flushed from June 18 through June 22, while hydrants west of Main Street will be flushed June 25 through June 29. Residents may experience discolored water while the flushing occurs.  The water is safe to drink, however discolored water may stain clothing. If you notice work being done in your neighborhood, you are encouraged to temporarily avoid water use if feasible. Residents are encouraged to run their faucets with cold water until the color is removed. Questions may be directed to the Public Works Department at  920-468-5225.