The Forestry section of the Streets Division provides tree planting, pruning, and maintenance for over 96,000 trees along more than 700 miles of Madison streets.
Forestry staff takes great pride in our rigid safety standards; whether planting a new tree or cleaning up after a major storm, we are dedicated to the safety of workers, residents, and property.
Replanting City-Owned Street Trees
The City of Madison uses the "Right Tree in the Right Place" best management practices supported by the International Society of Arboriculture and the Arbor Day Foundation when determining which kind of tree to plant. This criterion promotes urban forest diversity and is applied equitably throughout the city.
Forestry plants in the spring and again in the fall, and most trees will be replaced within three planting cycles.
Per Madison General Ordinance 10.10, the Forestry section determines tree type, species, and planting location. Unfortunately, residents are not permitted to request specific trees.
For more information, please see our FAQs.
When responding to a tree concern, Forestry staff will leave a door tag with information regarding inspection results and any next steps.
Private Tree Concerns
Private trees are those not located within public parks, golf courses, cemeteries, or the city right-of-way.
If your neighborhood has sidewalks, the right-of-way (also known as the terrace) is typically the area between the sidewalk and the street. If you do not have a sidewalk, the right-of-way is the space between the street and your property line.
Damage to private trees is the property owner's responsibility. We recommend residents contact certified arborists for private tree needs. For more information on finding a certified arborist near you, please visit the Wisconsin Arborist Association.
If you have a concern about a private tree that is not on your property, please contact the City of Madison Building Inspection.