Wood Utilization and Replanting
Emerald Ash Borer Community Toolbox
Urban wood utilization is not a novel notion. However, with the introduction of emerald ash borer, it has become more prevalent. Before utilizing the ash in a community, review the recommendations that have been developed to help reduce the spread of EAB in potentially infested wood, especially due to the statewide quarantine, and to understand the risks and regulations associated with ash wood.
Once a community realizes their need to deal with woody material in an efficient and productive manner, the links and information listed below can be utilized to help manage this resource. For additional and more specific information pertinent to your local area, contact your local DNR Urban Forestry staff.
- Wisconsin Urban Wood (WUW)
Wisconsin Urban Wood is a network of independent businesses and organizations in Wisconsin that reclaim urban trees for their highest and best uses, collaborating to divert quality logs from a chipper or landfill and transform them into enduring wood goods.
- Urban Wood Network
The Urban Wood Network is made up of individuals and entities from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. The network is dedicated to building urban wood businesses and promoting and demonstrating urban wood utilization.
- Wood Trucking and Utilization Companies
Provides a listing of companies and individuals who provide utilization options for urban wood in Wisconsin.
- Mobile Grinding, Screening and Crushing Contractors
A compiled list of grinding, crushing and screening service suppliers to aid municipalities and businesses with large volumes of woody debris, compost and concrete or asphalt in need of processing.
- Harvesting Trees with Modern Logging Equipment
Oak Creek, WI video (length 12:47). Demonstration and analysis of the effectiveness of mechanized cut-to-length equipment to remove and process urban trees
General utilization resources
- Urban Wood Utilization Planning Worksheet
This guide and checklist will help communities develop a wood utilization plan. The worksheet will help walk communities through some of the issues that need to be considered when developing a wood utilization plan.
- Local Wisconsin Municipal Examples
Urban wood utilization models from WUW based on the unique needs, capacity and cultures of individual municipalities and counties.
Tree diversity is the key to a healthy and resilient urban forest. Prepare your urban and community forest for future insects and pests by planting a variety of species. Be sure to connect with a DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator to explore options for planting strategies and for examples of community tree planting lists.
The following resources and tree selector tools can be valuable tools in discovering trees that may perform well in your community.
- Minnesota DOT Plant Selector
A system developed by Minnesota DOT for selecting landscaping plants.
- Minnesota Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series
A searchable database of plants to support the landscape design process.
- Morton Arboretum Plant Selector
Contains hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, vines and grasses to search for by various filters.
Just like our financial investments, diversity is the key to avoiding the “too many eggs in one basket” scenario. The key to a healthy and resilient urban forest is to plant many different species.
Review these diversity rules and considerations for various considerations in diversity and ratios for planting various genera and species.