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For information on the Wisconsin Urban Forest Assessment Program:
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Urban Forestry Assessment (WisUFA) ProgramTree canopy data findings and trends

An analysis of the urban tree canopy data for communities across Wisconsin reveals some trends and fun facts about our urban forests. Some of those are listed below. If you identify trends in the urban tree canopy data, we would love to hear about it.

  • The average statewide tree canopy for all municipalities* is 28.75%
  • Ozaukee County has the highest canopied urban area** at 45.45%
  • Tree canopy per person is one way to judge the extent of one’s urban forest. Leaders in this measurement are below (statewide average - 542 m2/per):
    • Municipal pop. 10k: Steuben (Crawford County) - 77,984 m2/per
    • Municipal pop. 10-30k: Suamico - 4,264 m2/per
    • Municipal pop. 30-75k: New Berlin - 996 m2/per
    • Municipal pop. 75k+: Green Bay - 372 m2/per

*Municipal boundaries are the borders of cities or villages. Townships are not included unless they fall within an urban** boundary. For example, some of the Town of Grand Chute falls within the Green Bay urban area. Additionally, municipalities which incorporated since after 2014 are not included.

**Urban areas are those lands classified by the U.S. Census Bureau [exit DNR] as densely developed territories, based on population densities. Urban areas are not limited to southeast Wisconsin, Madison and Green Bay, but are present throughout the state. Per the Census Bureau: “Urban areas represent densely developed territory, and encompass residential, commercial and other non-residential urban land uses. To qualify as an urban area, the territory identified according to criteria must encompass at least 2,500 people.”

Last revised: Friday June 07 2019