Forestry Operations is responsible for the design, planning, planting, and management of approximately 200,000 street trees, boulevards, landscapes, green spaces, and beautification projects within the City of Milwaukee.
The primary goal is to efficiently manage the urban landscape to provide a better quality of life for Milwaukee's citizens and visitors. This effort seeks to maximize the environmental and psychological benefits of the urban forest, while enhancing both landscape and property values. Forestry manages vegetation on 121.8 miles of boulevards, 57 totlots, 59 greenspaces, 20 designated municipal properties, and 20 Downtown above-ground planters. We also serve as a resource to other agencies in greenspace design, implementation and maintenance.
Important Information Concerning Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Beetle
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was confirmed to be in Milwaukee in 2012. It is an invasive wood boring beetle that can kill ash trees within 2-4 years. The Forestry Division has been fighting this deadly pest with regular inoculations of City trees. To help Milwaukee residents prepare to fight an EAB infestation of their private property ash trees, the Forestry Division has mapped more than 15,000 parcels with ash trees at risk for EAB. City residents are encouraged to find their property and neighborhood on this map to determine if ash trees live nearby. This site also has information on what to do to help combat EAB in your private-property trees.