This month, nearly 700 communities across the state will receive a request in the mail to complete a questionnaire for an important project to determine the current management of community tree populations in Wisconsin. The study is being jointly conducted and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban & Community Forestry Program, and the USDA Forest Service. It serves to provide important information for the state program since the last community survey in 2008 and as a student project at UW – Stevens Point.
The following article was written by Elizabeth Dierickx, Marketing Specialist at Plan-It Geo, LLC, based on conversations she has had with DNR staff members.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dan Buckler, DNR Urban Forest Assessment Specialist and Laura Lorentz, DNR Urban Forestry Policy & Partnership Specialist to talk about Wisconsin’s new Community Tree Map. This exciting tool has brought a lot of new excitement and opportunity to the states community forests; the Community Tree Map has the potential to assists the urban forestry team in developing policies based on data driven analysis, has given them a better tool to make recommendations, and helped to create awareness about the urban forest with community members and decision makers. Continue reading “Conversations about the Wisconsin Community Tree Map”
The Urban Forestry team hosted Valerie McClannahan from the Minnesota DNR on September 25th and 26th. Valerie was particularly interested in our Urban Forest Assessment program, the urban wood industry in Wisconsin, and general programmatic items. During her visit, we highlighted the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and the Capital Park inventory, our UFIA program, our canopy assessment project, and the urban homeowner survey. She is interested in how Minnesota can leverage some of their existing work and incorporate some of the additional pieces we are developing for statewide assessments. Continue reading “Minnesota DNR Urban Forestry visits Wisconsin”
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.
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”
Join the WAA (Wisconsin Arborist Association) for their Summer Conference and Picnic at the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison on Tuesday, August 15th. The Program Committee has put together another excellent lineup for this event. They are offering Two Tracks of Education, one indoors and one outdoors, including information for climbers, plant selection, and insect and disease information. There will be something for everyone. Continue reading “WAA Summer Conference”
The Urban Wood Network, a multi-state collaborative project that is promoting full-circle urban forest management, recently announced its new website. Many felled urban trees are viewed as waste. The Urban Wood Network aims to show that every part of the tree, from seed to sawdust, can be put to its best use, if properly managed. Continue reading “Urban Wood Network launches website”
DNR Urban Forestry staff, led by Urban Forestry Coordinator Olivia Witthun, successfully planned and executed a 4-day annual meeting for the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters – Urban & Community Forestry Committee (NAASF UCF) in Madison in May. Continue reading “NAASF UCF conference review”
Green Tier, a voluntary program administered by the DNR, works with entities conducting their business beyond compliance requirements and looking for ways to improve. Currently there are 82 participants with 248 facilities in the program along with six Green Tier Charters, including the Legacy Communities [exit DNR] and Wisconsin Urban Wood charters. Continue reading “Learn about Green Tier”
The Wisconsin Arborist Association recently created a job board, hosted on their website, to connect businesses and potential employees. These posts showcase available arboriculture positions in Wisconsin listed by region, company name, and are also grouped alphabetically. This webpage provides the opportunity for individuals to search for jobs as well as giving companies a venue for posting openings in their businesses. Continue reading “Consider viewing the WAA job board”