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Wisconsin’s urban forests.
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For information on the Wisconsin Urban Forest Assessment Program:
Andy Stoltman
Rural and urban forest inventory analyst

Dan Buckler
Urban forest assessment specialist

Urban Forestry Assessment (WisUFA) ProgramUrban Forest Inventory and Analysis (UFIA)

Since 1930, the USDA Forest Service has been surveying, analyzing and reporting on the health and productivity of America's forests, including those in Wisconsin. Known as the Forest Inventory and Analysis [exit DNR], this USDA Forest Service program works in partnership with the nation's state forestry agencies, universities and nongovernmental organizations to serve as the nation's and the state's forest census.

Despite all the benefits of the urban forest and the need to know more about them, urban forests are not currently covered by a continuous wall-to-wall inventory and monitoring system like rural forests. An initiative in the 2014 Farm Bill called for an expansion of the FIA program to include sampling of the nation's urban forests. With experience gained from past urban pilot studies, FIA has teamed up with i-Tree [exit DNR] to implement an annualized inventory of trees in urban settings to monitor their status and trends and assess their ecosystem services, values, health and risk to pests and diseases.

National effort

The US Forest Service is initially focusing national efforts on metropolitan areas with populations greater than 200,000. In 2014 the first Urban FIA (UFIA) plots were established and measured in Baltimore, MD and Austin, TX. With each passing year, more cities are being added.

Wisconsin's role

In June of 2015, 75 field plots were established in the Madison and Milwaukee metro areas of Wisconsin. Beginning in 2016, the State of Wisconsin expanded the UFIA program to sample urban forests of communities throughout the state. Over a period of seven years, a total of 1,300 field plots will be distributed throughout census urban areas of Wisconsin which will characterize and monitor the urban forest resource at state and regional levels. Approximately 1/7th of these permanent plots will be measured each year.

During the spring and summer of 2017 one or more UFIA field plots will be established in the following 78 communities:

Allouez, Antigo, Appleton, Ashwaubenon, Barron, Beloit, Bloomer, Brookfield, Caledonia, Cedarburg, Chippewa Falls, Dodgeville, Eau Claire, Edgerton, Elkhorn, Ellsworth, Fitchburg, Fond du Lac, Fox Point, Franklin, Germantown, Glendale, Green Bay, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Hartland, Howard, Hudson, Janesville, Johnson Creek, Kenosha, Kimberly, Kronenwetter, La Crosse, Madison, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menasha, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Merrill, Middleton, Milwaukee, Mount Horeb, Mount Pleasant, Muskego, Neenah, New Berlin, New London, Oak Creek, Oconomowoc, Oshkosh, Pewaukee, Pleasant Prairie, Port Washington, Racine, Rice Lake, Richfield, River Falls, River Hills, Sheboygan Falls, Somers, Stevens Point, Sturgeon Bay, Suamico, Sun Prairie, Superior, Sussex, Union Grove, Verona, Waukesha, Waunakee, Wausau, West Allis, West Bend, Weston and Wrightstown.

Last revised: Tuesday February 13 2018