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For information on the Wisconsin Urban Landowner Survey:
Katy Thostenson
Social science analyst
608-535-7049

Urban Forestry Assessment (WisUFA) ProgramWisconsin Urban Landowner Survey

Over 70% of Wisconsin’s residents live in urban areas, which cover 2.56 million acres of land and contain an estimated 42 million trees. A majority of Wisconsin's 42 million urban trees, 69 percent, grow in residential areas and will continue to face threats from storm events, disease and pests such as Emerald Ash Borer, and development. Urban trees provide valuable benefits for the people who live and work in cities and suburbs, such as improving air quality, reducing energy costs and absorbing stormwater, along with many physical and mental health benefits.

As part of a joint project involving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Extension and the U.S. Forest Service, 6,000 surveys were sent to private residential landowners in January 2017. These landowners included apartment and condo owners, single-family homeowners and multi-family housing unit owners across four urban areas—Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau.

More than 1,700 landowners responded to the survey, primarily single-family homeowners, providing insights about their attitudes toward tree care, concerns about tree risks and their tree management choices such as pruning and planting.

In addition to piloting an urban form of the long-running National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) [exit DNR] with the U.S. Forest Service, the Wisconsin survey is providing valuable insights for Wisconsin’s urban communities. Urban forestry programs and community tree care groups will be able to use insights from the survey to better understand the perspectives and needs of urban homeowners to help them take steps to be active stewards of their trees.

Read the full report, Communicating More Effectively about Urban Forestry [exit DNR].

Last revised: Friday February 23 2018