Forestry

*ALERT* Oak Mortality Increases in Wisconsin - find out more on our Latest Forestry Concerns page..

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Elm Grove has maintained a young urban forest with over 7,500 trees. With our second tree inventory completed a few years ago, the Forestry Department carefully maintains the Village owned trees throughout the seasons.

Using the Data Hub on the main page of the Village’s website, a homeowner is able to locate a tree in the Right of Way in front of their home, or a tree in the park. Determining if a tree in front of your home is in the ROW can make your tree decisions easier, since no ROW trees may be removed, pruned or otherwise worked on without permission of the Forestry Dept. Ordinance 266 has all the particulars of what can and cannot be done in the Right of Way concerning vegetative material. 

If you have been a long time resident of Wisconsin, you have endured both Dutch Elm Disease and Emerald Ash Borer, which killed thousands of trees. See the green section on the left side of this page to discover answerers to old and new problems concerning plants in our area. If the answer is not there, feel free to call or email the Forester, forester@elmgrovewi.org, and we will address your plant needs.

One of the best web sites for private forestry issues, from hiring an arborist to global forest concerns, is the International Society of Arboriculture.  For questions pertaining to tree issues here in Wisconsin the  Wisconsin Arborist Association is another great reference.  Both organizations are in the Quick Links section on the right side of this page.

Looking for a new tree or shrub? Google Search Tree Wizard. The Arbor Day Foundation maintains a website containing great ideas for the planting of trees and shrubs.

For over thirty years (1990), the Village has had the distinguished honor of being a part of the Tree City organization for outstanding care of our urban forest. Additionally, for over ten years (August 11, 2011), the Village has been part of the Bird City organization for enhancement of bird habitat and care.  With the assistance of the Beautification Committee, the Village attained Bee City status as of April 1, 2020.  To add more accolades, effective September 17, 2022, the Village became the first in Wisconsin to be a part of the National Wildlife Federation Community Habitat Designation, a 25 year old program in the U.S.!

If you visit the Our Community tab of our website, under the Wildlife Management drop down,  you'll find comprehensive information regarding maintaining your yard for the preservation of all life needed to sustain our world.