Forestry Facts

Facts

  • Approximately 750 trees are planted, mulched and staked annually.
  • More than 4,800 trees are pruned annually. The City pruning cycle is currently 7 to 8 years. In 2018, cycle pruning crews will be working in the Edison Park, Martin Luther King Park and Fritsch Park areas.
  • The Forestry Division removes approximately 800 trees per year.
  • Tree stumps are removed and the area is restored with soil, seed and hydro mulch during the growing season.
  • Forestry staff will advise and assist residents in diagnosing insect and disease problems as well as determining good tree maintenance practices.
  • The Forestry Division actively monitors trends for potential tree insect and disease outbreaks including Dutch Elm Disease, Oak Wilt, Sudden Oak Death, Gypsy Moth, Asian Longhorn Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer.
  • Two Forestry Seasonal Workers control weeds on over 300 sites in the City.
  • The Forestry Division provides manpower to plow, till, and clean up the City and several UW Extension community gardens.
  • The Forestry Division maintains:9 urban green spaces (3.34 acres), 13 greenways/drainage ways (689 acres), approximately 36,000 city-owned street trees along 445 miles of road, and trees in 70 City Parks (1573 acres)