By Olivia Witthun, DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator, Plymouth, firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-750-8744
For years, the economic contribution of urban forestry has been lumped together with broader green industry numbers. Several years ago, the Wisconsin DNR took the lead in a Landscape Scale Restoration Grant-funded project for the Northeast-Midwest region looking at the contributions of urban forestry. Regional and state-level reports will be available in Spring 2022.
In the meantime, Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) took the lead in a similar nationwide project looking at the contributions of urban forestry. Nationwide and state-level data is now available along with state-specific factsheets. Read more about the economic study.
Although similar, the two studies have some differences that complement each other well. Essentially, the regional study will be more detailed with more robust numbers. More background and details for the regional study will be given when the reports are published in Spring 2022.