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Wood Utilization and Replanting

Emerald Ash Borer Community Toolbox

Wood Utilization

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 [PDF] 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) [exit DNR]
    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 [exit DNR]
    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 [PDF]
    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 [exit DNR]
    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


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.

Tree selection

The following resources and tree selector tools can be valuable tools in discovering trees that may perform well in your community.


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 [PDF] for various considerations in diversity and ratios for planting various genera and species.