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Parks Forestry provides tree planting, trimming and maintenance for over 100,000 trees along Madison's 700 miles of city streets. In addition, the Forestry section is responsible for hundreds of thousands of trees that are located in the City's parks, golf courses, cemetery and greenways.

Parks forestry staff are trained to follow rigid safety standards. Whether planting a new tree or cleaning up after a major wind storm, the safety of the workers, the public and property are never compromised.

Parks Forestry Section: (608) 266-4816, Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm

Emerald Ash Borer Updates
posted October 14, 2014 10:09 AM

Emerald Ash Borer – 2014 Report

In November of 2013, EAB was discovered in Madison. The City of Madison has been working on its tactical response to EAB since 2008. The plan provides a balanced approach of treatment, removals and replanting and was approved by Common Council in 2012.

See the 2014 EAB Report (.pdf)

City of Madison Awarded “Sterling Community” by Tree City USA

On May 1, 2014, the City of Madison will be awarded a 25 year Tree City USA award as well as receiving a “Sterling Community” designation by the Arbor Day Foundation. To achieve the Sterling Community award status, Madison has been awarded ten Growth Awards and is regarded as a leader in community forestry.

To celebrate this honor and 25 years of Tree City USA, the city of Madison invites you to join Mayor Soglin, former Mayor Skornicka, and Alder Michael Verveer on May 1, 2014 at 2:00pm in front of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 MLK Jr. Blvd. as we plant six trees honoring Madison’s 25th consecutive year of being designated a Tree City USA. The city will receive the official designations at this event.

“Madison is honored to be a Tree City USA for the last 25 years,” says Eric Knepp, Madison Assistant Parks Superintendent. “Also being awarded the Sterling Community Award by the Tree City USA Foundation really shows our commitment to Madison’s urban forest.”

The City of Madison’s first Arbor Day Tree City USA celebration and tree planting took place on April 28, 1989 at Odana Golf Course. Mayor Paul Soglin was joined by Madison Boy Scout Troop 102 in the planting of the Arbor Day tree.  In 1989, this made Madison one of 39 cities in Wisconsin with the designation of Tree City USA.  In 2014, Madison is joined by 190 other Wisconsin communities in this prestigious designation.

A group and their freshly planted tree on Arbor Day
City of Madison Emerald Ash Borer
Heritage Tree