What is Urban Forestry?
Most people think that forests are many acres of woodlands in rural areas. However, our urban forest is the collection of trees in an individual’s yard, lining village streets, and in our parks. Urban forests are a valuable asset to the community. In fact, a healthy, well maintained urban forest can boost property values, reduce stormwater run-off and erosion, clean our air, contribute to a sense of community pride, and provide a legacy for future generations. Visit the International Society of Arboriculture website to learn more about the benefits of trees.
The purpose of Kronenwetter’s Urban Forestry Program is to promote a safe, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing environment for both the residents and visitors of our community. Tree health has become a major concern within municipalities across the country due to increasing disease outbreaks. The startup of an Urban Forestry Program in Kronenwetter coincided with the discovery of several infestations of oak wilt throughout the community. While the initial focus of this program is to control oak wilt, we will attempt to combat other tree health concerns as well.
In Spring of 2017, the Village constructed a gravel bed in which to plant trees to provide to property owners whose properties have been devastated by oak wilt. If you are interested in purchasing replacement trees, please complete this below application.
Tree Diseases and Pests
Oak Wilt – This disease has been discovered in our community. Find out what the Village has been doing about it, as well as what you can do.
Dutch Elm Disease – This UW-Extension Bulletin provides detail on the history of this disease, what causes it, how to identify it’s symptoms, and how it can be treated.
Emerald Ash Borer – Learn to identify this exotic pest and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in our community.
Gypsy Moth – Read about its history, the destruction it causes, and the various means of control that are available.
Lily Leaf Beetle - Found in the Village of Kronenwetter. Learn how to stop the spread of these highly invasive and destructive pests.
Neighborhood Meeting Handout Material
Urban Forest Values
What is an "Urban Forestry Program?"
"Threats to Forest Health"
What is Oak Wilt?
How to Handle Oak Wilt Diseased Wood
"Diseased Tree Sanitation Methods"
Tree Storm Damage "What to Do"
Draft Tree Planting List
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry creates forest health regional updates, pest/disease publications, forest health highlights and annual reports. To read the latest on our region (Northeastern), go to: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/foresthealth/publications.html.
Oak Wilt Inventory- Final Report
The Village of Kronenwetter contracted with Land Management Solutions, LLC to provide oak wilt inventory services as part of a grant through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Land Management Solutions started the process of taking a ground inventory of the Village and followed with an aerial survey.