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Village of Howard, WI Village of Howard, Wisconsin
FORESTRY DIVISION

Mission: To preserve and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in Howard through the prudent management of our community's urban forest, landscapes, and natural resources.

The Forestry Division is responsible for the planting and maintenance of all trees within the street right-of-way, in village parks, and all other village owned properties. We also plant and maintain landscape and annual flower beds along village streets and parks. If you would like to request Village forestry services or have questions regarding the Village forestry program please email Chris Clark, Superintendent of Parks, Forestry, & Golf.



The Village Forestry Division is directed by Chris Clark the Superintendent of Parks, Forestry, & Golf. Chris became the Village Forester in May 2003. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Chris holds professional affiliation memberships with the International Society of Arboriculture, the Wisconsin Arborist Association, the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association, and the Arbor Day Foundation.

The Village Forestry page has many important documents and links. Please review the information below. If you cannot find the information you desire on the web page, please email Chris Clark, Superintendent of Parks, Forestry, & Golf.


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The USDA has recently published a new plant hardiness zone map. The new map shows a slight shift and associated increase in plants that we can grow in our area. Click on the map above for more information.


EMERALD ASH BORER INFORMATION

The Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in the city of Green Bay by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) in 2009. Because of this discovery, WDATCP has quarantined Brown County for the transport and movement of wood products. See information below about not moving firewood.

The Village of Howard has created and adopted an Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Plan to help guide management decisions to minimize the economic, aesthetic, and ecological impacts on the village's urban forest when this insect arrives. As of January 2012, EAB has not been found in the Village of Howard.

EAB treatment options for protecting and saving the ash trees using insecticides is continuously being researched by many universities. At the current time research has shown that no product available is 100% effective at protection or saving already infested trees. A property owner should research and educate themselves on the most current information available before deciding on insecticide options. The following are some factsheets and university studies on this subject or visit the links below.
An EAB Guide for Homeowners
Homeowner Guide to EAB Treatments
Professionals Guide to EAB Treatments
Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from EAB

If you have further questions concerning EAB or would like to report a possible EAB find, please contact the Howard Forestry Division or call 434-4060.

For more information on this subject please visit:
Frequently Asked Questions for Howard Residents
Howard Forestry Factsheet - EAB
Emerald Ash Borer in Wisconsin
Emerald Ash Borer.


VILLAGE UTILIZING PUBLIC TREES TO OFFSET ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT

Urban forests have been recognized as important storage sites for green house gasses, primarily CO2. This process is known as carbon sequestration, or the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and depositing it into a reservoir. Terrestrial carbon sequestration is the process through which carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere is absorbed by trees, plants and crops through photosynthesis, and stored as carbon in biomass (tree trunks, branches, foliage and roots) and soils. The urban forest vegetation can reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide in two primary ways:

  • Trees directly sequester carbon dioxide in their stems and leaves while they grow.

  • Trees that grow near buildings can reduce the demand for air conditioning and heating, thereby reducing emissions from energy production methods.

The Village of Howard’s urban forest produces many benefits to the community including energy savings, reducing atmospheric CO2, improving air quality, reducing storm water runoff, and aesthetics as well as other social , economic, and health benefits.
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STREET TREE PRUNING SCHEDULE

2014 Street Tree Pruning Schedule
The Village Forestry Division maintains all street & park trees throughout the village. All trees are on a pruning schedule to maintain the structure, form, and health of the trees. To view the street tree pruning schedule for the 2014 season, please select the link above. The Forestry Division will also perform pruning at other times throughout the year. If you would like to submit a request to have street trees pruned or report any other concerns with the street trees please contact Chris Clark, Superintendent of Parks, Forestry, & Golf or call 434-4060.

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF TREE & FOREST INSECTS AND DISEASES
DON'T MOVE FIREWOOD


Click on the picture above for more information about firewood and the potential dangers of moving firewood. This information is provided by the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases and The Nature Conservancy.



The Village of Howard has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for the 20th consecutive year for its commitment to urban forestry.

The Village has also received the prestigious Tree City USA Growth Award eight times for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. To view the requirements for a community to be bestowed the Tree City USA recognition, please click on the Tree City USA emblem.

Urban Forestry Policies & Ordinance


Arboricultural Specifications

Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Plan

Street Tree Pruning

Street Tree Removal

Tree Planting Programs

Unauthorized Planting

Urban Forestry Management Plan

Howard Municipal Code Chapter 38 - Vegetation





Urban Forestry Related Forms


Street Tree Planting Permit Application

Street Tree Maintenance Permit Application

Living Memory Tree Planting Application




Tree Care Information

Girdling Root Info

Proper Tree Pruning Info

Tree Preservation During Construction

Tree Topping Info

Tree Watering Notice




Forest Insects & Diseases

Emerald Ash Borer Info

Gypsy Moth Info

Oak Wilt Info

Forest Pest Update - March 2014






Forestry Related Web Links

The Arbor Day Foundation

Trees Are Good

International Society of Arboriculture

Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer




UW Extension - Brown County

Wisconsin Arborist Association

WDNR - Division of Forestry





2456 Glendale Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54313 - 920/434-4640- email: pfevert@villageofhoward.com - myVILLAGE