On Thursday, July 29, Governor Evers issued Executive Order #128, declaring a State of Emergency due to severe weather across the state of Wisconsin. This has triggered the opening of the DNR Urban Forestry’s Catastrophic Storm Grant program for communities, counties, tribal governments and 501(c)(3) organizations to apply for funding. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.
Did your community experience damage from the storms that went through the state recently? You may find these resources useful. The links below could also be posted on municipal websites to direct homeowners to more information.
- Storm Recovery – Arbor Day Foundation – https://www.arborday.org/media/stormrecovery/
By Jeremiah Auer, Regeneration Specialist, Jeremiah.Auer@wisconsin.gov
The Wisconsin DNR’s Reforestation program has been producing seedlings at its nurseries since 1911. In that time, there have been many changes in personnel, growing techniques and distribution methods. However, something that remained constant is the source of those seedlings: actual seed from Wisconsin’s many native trees and shrubs. From the tiny, pepper-like seed of aspen to the large, green-husked black walnut, the Reforestation staff collects, cleans, sows and stores hundreds of pounds of over 30 species of native tree and shrub seed every year.
By Dan Buckler, DNR Urban Forest Assessment Specialist, Madison, Daniel.Buckler@wisconsin.gov or 608-445-4578
Do you have a tree inventory but have had a hard time keeping it current, or you’re interested in inventorying some trees of your own? The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is funding several accounts for communities or organizations to edit data within the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. The map shows where trees are located and includes information about each tree, such as diameter, health condition and street address.
Since 1976, Tree City USA has been a catalyst for community tree care and a powerful force for promoting urban forestry. This program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) and administered in Wisconsin by the DNR, provides communities with a tangible goal and national recognition for their community forestry efforts. Wisconsin has 201 Tree City USAs, ranking it second in the nation!
A 2020 summary by ADF provides the following statistics on Wisconsin’s Tree City USAs:
- 60% of Wisconsin lives in a Tree City USA
- $51,319,634 was spent on urban forestry management ($14.65 average per capita)
- 31,413 trees were planted
- 20 communities received Growth Awards
Applications are due tomorrow (Aug. 13) for grants from One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation. Selected applicants will receive $1,500 to fund tree planting and restoration events throughout September.
The deadline is tight, but the application form is short and sweet. Use this link to apply.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Surface Water Grant Program is accepting applications from eligible organizations to support projects that protect and restore Wisconsin waterbodies.
More than $6 million is available to provide cost-sharing grants to support projects in the following areas:
- Education, outreach and organization development
- Planning for lakes, rivers and watersheds
- Lake protection planning and implementation
- Restoration of surface water, shorelands and wetlands
- Management plan implementation
- Aquatic invasive species prevention and control
- Land acquisition/conservation easements
Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in or conducting their project in Wisconsin are encouraged to apply for a regular or startup 2022 Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant!
The grants range from $1,000 to $25,000, and grant recipients must match each grant dollar for dollar. A startup grant of up to $5,000 is available for communities that want to start or restart a community forestry program. Grants are awarded to projects that align with state and national goals to increase the urban forest canopy and its benefits.
Registration is now open for UW-Madison, Division of Extension’s annual Urban Forestry Workshop, held Aug. 19 and Aug. 24-27.
This year’s workshop will be offered a little differently. The program usually includes a classroom lecture-style session in the morning and hands-on field activities in the afternoon. This year Extension will hold the morning portion of the workshop online to allow more attendees and offer an educational option for those who are not yet comfortable attending in-person events. The hands-on activities will build on the online session, but you are not required to attend the online session to attend the in-person portion of the class.
We deeply appreciate the commitment to urban forestry demonstrated by our 2020 Tree City, Tree Campus and Tree Line USA participants. Thank you for your hard work!
2020 Tree City USA Communities – City (years): Adams (26), Albany (17), Algoma (20), Allouez (25), Altoona, City of (2), Amery (5), Amherst (24), Antigo (28), Appleton (37), Ashwaubenon (28), Athens, Village of (2), Baraboo (29), Barron (3), Bayfield (21), Bayside (13), Beaver Dam (30), Belgium (9), Bellevue (18), Beloit (33), Beliot, Town of (4), Brillion (21), Bristol (9), Brodhead (8), Brookfield (23), Brooklyn, Village of (8), Brown Deer (24), Cambridge (15), Cedarburg (31),