The Foundation for Dane County Parks is partnering with the Madison Community Foundation (MCF) and the Dane County Parks department to plant 281 trees in our Dane County Parks next year. These trees will help replace many that were lost to the invasive emerald ash borer. 

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, MCF chose to recognize their Legacy Society (281 people who have made a commitment to the future of our community with a planned gift from their estate) in a new way. Instead of a gathering in September, MCF is collaborating with us and the parks department to plant a “Legacy Forest” of 281 trees across our beloved parks as a gift to future generations -- one tree for each Legacy Society member. Learn more about the program at

The Foundation and Dane County Parks thanks MCF and their Legacy Society for inspiring this investment in our wonderful parks through a grant of $10,000 to purchase the trees and coordinate planting. Together we recognize that the true strength of our community is “to plant trees under whose shade we do not expect to sit."

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Legacy Trees

The Madison Community Foundation's "Legacy Forest" will be planted in Dane County Parks in 2021.

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Dane County Parks Department
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