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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 November 23, 2015 1:47 PM


Ever wonder what happens to the dead or dying tree or the one damaged by a storm after it is removed?  Often these are turned into mulch and are used for various projects throughout the city including playground surfacing.  For a limited time we are auctioning logs – Maple, Elm, Oak and Hickory – can be yours with bids starting at just $5.00. Visit Wisconsin Surplus Multi Municipality #15807-31 and search Madison Parks.

Now Accepting Heritage Tree Nominations for 2015

Some trees have stood watch over lives and events that represent the fabric of our city. Madison is fortunate to have a rich and colorful historic heritage. By viewing the past through the unique perspective of trees, we hope this heritage will endure for future generations. The Madison Parks Forestry section established the Heritage Tree Program to foster appreciation and inspire awareness of the contribution of city owned street trees and park trees to the City's history and heritage. The program is a way for citizens to officially recognize special and significant city owned trees in the community.

The goals of the Heritage Tree Program are:

  • to recognize and designate individual city owned trees or groves of significance.
  • to educate and inform the public about the value and history of city owned trees.
  • to promote appreciation of the city owned trees.
  • to maintain and protect these trees as part of Madison's history & heritage.

If you would like to nominate a city owned park or street tree for the 2015 Heritage Tree Award, you can find nomination forms, criteria and more information on Madison Heritage Trees.

Nominations for the 2015 Heritage Tree Award are due September 15, 2015.

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