Forestry

A designated Tree City USA by the National Arbor Foundation since 1996, Shorewood - by its very name - is defined by its urban forest. The Village of Shorewood owns and maintains nearly 6,300 street trees and hundreds more park and open space trees. DPW Forestry personnel manage the Village's urban forest through tree pruning, inspection, treatment, removal, and replacement. Based upon accepted urban forestry valuation methods, the dollar value of Shorewood's urban forest is estimated at over $15 million.

Shorewood has over 40 different species of street trees. The most common varieties are maple, ash, honey locust, linden, elm, and ginkgo. Do you know what species of trees are in front of your house? The street tree inventory database can be accessed through the village's GIS Mapping Tool. Access the resource, then select GIS Map, Forestry and Parks, Show Street Trees and then hover over any tree. The size and species data will be displayed.
 

Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive wood boring beetle that feeds exclusively on the tissue under the bark of ash trees. Untreated, EAB is 100% fatal to native ash trees of any variety, size, age or condition. Please see the EAB page for information on this topic in Shorewood.

Don't Prune Your Oak Trees!
People who value their oak trees should not prune them from April through July according to the latest recommendations from the Wisconsin forestry officials. The reason? Spring and early-summer pruning make oak trees vulnerable to oak wilt, a serious and almost always fatal fungal disease of oaks. Access an article for more information.

Wisconsin Urban Forestry
Want to learn more about Wisconsin Urban Forestry? Access the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Insider, a publication of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.