UW-Extension will be hosting fall workshops on tree pruning. This is a one-day workshop will show parks and tree professionals how to properly prune trees, from new tree training to mature tree maintenance, to create a strong enduring structure, maintain vigor, and achieve specific municipal objectives. The workshop will include classroom instruction on pruning fundamentals and outdoor, hands-on demonstration of personal protective equipment along with pruning methods and techniques. These workshops are being help in various locations: Oshkosh, Waukesha, Kenosha, Stevens Point, Eau Claire and Madison. Information about these events and other urban events is posted on the Urban Forestry training and events webpage.
For more information contact Ellen Clark (EllenA.Clark@Wisconsin.gov), Urban Forestry Communication Specialist, at 608-267-2774.
The Wisconsin Community Tree Map is an accessible database of tree inventories compiled into an interactive and easy to use map based program, to encourage and engage awareness of the composition and benefits of urban trees. Continue reading “Capitalizing on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map”
Each year, city tree champions from throughout Wisconsin are recognized for outstanding community service
The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council invites citizens to nominate local individuals and organizations to be recognized for their efforts to protect, preserve and increase the number of trees that line city streets, fill community parks and beautify neighborhoods throughout the state.
Continue reading “Urban Forestry Council awards”
The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the group. We are especially pleased to have increased our geographic and professional diversity and look forward to working with them on issues related to Wisconsin’s urban and community forests. Continue reading “Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council announces new members”
Dick Rideout riding his bike for the cause.
Tour des Trees is an annual bike ride, hosted by STIHL to benefit TREE fund. Continue reading “Tour de Trees was a success”
Hundreds of people from the arboriculture industry descended upon the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison this August for the Wisconsin Arborist Association’s (WAA) annual summer conference. Continue reading “Wisconsin Arborist Association Summer Conference”
A reminder that the application deadline is coming up for 2018 Urban Forestry Grants! Continue reading “Urban Forestry grant reminder”
If you are planning to spend time during these last summer weekends on Wisconsin’s northern-most state forest, be aware that the boat landing at the mouth of the Brule River is closed. High water levels and wave action of Lake Superior have eroded the road leading to the boat landing. This popular take-out point is still open for carry-in landings, but vehicles are not allowed to drive to the landing. The distance to carry a watercraft is about 100 yards.
Canoeing on the Brule River State Forest. (Rena Johnson photo / Courtesy National Association of State Foresters)
Paddling the Bois Brule River has long been a popular activity on the Brule Rule State Forest and is not impacted by this closure.
Find more information about recreational opportunities on this and other northern state forests here.
Chief State Forester Fred Souba, Jr. completed another significant step in the DNR Division of Forestry reorganization with the appointment of the leadership team. Earlier this year, Souba changed the administrative structure of the Division to help improve efficiencies and better align staff with the future of the Division’s strategic direction implementation.
Souba created two Forestry Deputy Division Administrator positions. The Field Operations Deputy Administrator will work closely with the state forester, stationed in the northern half of the state, implementing policies directly impacting field operations and building upon external partnerships. The Forestry Services Deputy Administrator will be the key lead for policy and service coordination efforts and needs with staff and partners located in Madison. Continue reading “Division leadership confirmed”
The 60 Wisconsin DNR personnel and six engines that helped on out-of-state wildland fires this summer created a win-win scenario for all involved.
Public Information Officer Catherine Koele addresses a community group regarding a fire on the Lolo National Forest in Montana.
Not only was the assistance of tremendous value on the 14 fires in six states and two Canadian provinces, but these assignments provided valuable training and experience for DNR employees in working together for extended periods of time under less-than-ideal conditions and in dealing with forest fire safety situations in large fire environments. The assignments provide employees an opportunity to obtain and maintain their forest firefighting qualifications and credentials. They also allow us to demonstrate and test our equipment and tactics in large fire situations not available in Wisconsin every year.
This sharing of resources is crucial given that no single agency can afford to have all of the personnel and equipment necessary to fight forest fires during peak activity times. Wisconsin routinely uses air resources and personnel from other agencies for assistance during our spring forest fire season.
The valuable training and experience gained by our staff greatly benefits the state of Wisconsin and its ability to respond to local forest fires and provides the requesting agency well-trained staff and equipment to help manage their wildland fire incidents. Truly a win-win scenario!