In fall 2013, Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in the city of Madison. In spring 2014, Madison Parks' Forestry Section began treating right-of-way trees. Unfortunately, there was no money in the City budget to treat park ash trees. Recognizing residents may want to help in these efforts, we established the Adopt-a-Park Tree program. The program allowed residents to select specific ash trees they were interested in protecting by working with City officials and contractors licensed by the City of Madison, to chemically treat ash trees.
While adopted ash trees continue to be treated in 2019 and beyond, it is now assumed all untreated ash trees are infected with the EAB and will not respond well to treatment. As a result, we are no longer accepting new requests. Ash trees currently in the program require treatment every 2-3 years and not all have been adopted for their long-term care. If you are interested in adopting a tree already in the program, please contact the appropriate section supervisor to learn which trees need adopting.