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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

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Trees on the State Capitol lawn invite people to take time out of their busy lives to talk, walk and picnic. © Jeff Roe

August 2006

Where to find help

DNR's urban forestry assistance program

Trees on the State Capitol lawn invite people to take time out of their busy lives to talk, walk and picnic.

© Jeff Roe
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Many Wisconsin communities cite the DNR's urban forestry program for assisting their community officials, green industry professionals, businesses, schools, nonprofits and the public in working together to expand, improve and manage the urban forest.


This assistance takes four forms:

Technical – help communities develop management plans, inventories, ordinances, plant health care and training plans.

Education and training – develop and coordinate programs and materials for forestry professionals, elected officials, planners, developers, school children and volunteers.

Funding – administer state and federal cost-sharing grants and suggest alternate sources of funding, staff and support for community programs.

Public awareness – develop awareness and support for the value of urban forests and their need for management through the media, recognition programs, celebrations and events.

The program is advised by the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, a 23-member committee of citizens and professionals that represents everyone from community officials to businesses and neighborhood activists. The Council also presents awards to communities, groups and individuals for exceptional urban forestry efforts and advocates for the urban forest and urban forestry.

For more information on the program visit Urban and Community Forestry.

Who to call?

My community doesn't have a tree program. How can I help start one? Contact your DNR regional urban forestry coordinator. Visit Urban and Community Forestry.

I'm responsible for the trees in my community. Where can I go to get technical training? There are a variety of training, education and networking opportunities available in Wisconsin, as well as private consultants that provide customized instruction. Contact your DNR regional urban forestry coordinator to find out more. Visit Urban and Community Forestry.

Defective trees can cause personal injury and property damage. Identifying high-risk trees and taking proper corrective actions can protect property and save lives. © USDA Forest Service

There is something wrong with my tree. Who should I call? Contact your county extension office. See County Offices. Some counties have horticulturists on staff and others will refer you to the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab or the University of Wisconsin Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic. A list of certified arborists in Wisconsin also is found at Wisconsin Arborist Association. Local nurseries, garden centers and botanical gardens may be able to help.

What do I do about trees in power lines? Contact your local utility company. You can find their name and address on your monthly utility bill. You may also contact your community forestry, parks or public works department.

"You are never too small to have a management plan." – Dan Wendorf, Merrill City Parks and Recreation Director and City Forester.

Other resources

What other resources are there? There are numerous websites that provide information or links to other sites. Visit:


Trees Are Good

National Arbor Day Foundation.

DNR Urban Forestry Resources