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Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council

The purpose of the council is to advise the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the best ways to preserve, protect, expand and improve Wisconsin's urban and community forest resources.

The bylaws [PDF] contain official purpose and goals, membership makeup, officer and committee descriptions, etc.


To see archived meeting materials, or if you have questions about the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, please contact Tracy Salisbury (Urban Forestry Council Liaison).

All Urban Forestry Council meetings are listed on the DNR's public meeting site.

Regular voting members

Member position description [PDF]

Ms. Katie Aspenson
Representing city planners
Planning Manager, City of Onalaska

Dr. Kirsten Beyer
Representing higher education
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology; Director, PhD Program in Public & Community Health, Medical College of Wisconsin
UW-Milwaukee: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography, UW-Milwaukee

Ms. Wendy Braun, PE
Member-at-large representing stormwater issues
North American Stormwater & Erosion Association
Stormwater Engineer, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Ms. Linda Cadotte, Vice Chair
Representing municipal arborists/foresters from medium sized communities
Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry, City of Superior

Mr. Jeff Edgar
Representing the nursery/green industry
Owner, Silver Creek Nurseries

Mr. Lee Fredericks
Representing elected officials and commercial arborists
Village Trustee, Village of Slinger
Western Great Lakes Territory Manager, Rainbow Ecoscience

Dr. Tricia Gorby
Representing higher education
Director, Natural Resources Institute, UW-Madison Division of Extension

Mr. Randy Krouse
Representing large cities
City Forester, City of Milwaukee

Mr. Matthew Koepnick, Chair
Representing municipal arborists/foresters from medium sized communities and the Society of Municipal Arborists
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department, City of Racine
Society of Municipal Arborists

Mr. Michael Lawrenz
Representing the Wisconsin Arborist Association
Arborist, Hoppe Tree Service

Mr. Paul Morrison
Representing the Urban Wood Network
Owner, The Wood Cycle of Wisconsin

Mr. Brian Pelot
Representing mid-sized cities
City Forester, City of Green Bay

Mr. Robin Powers
Representing the League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Director Of Marketing & Administration, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Mr. Ben Reince
Executive Vice President, Wachtel Tree Science

Mr. August Ridder
Representing utility arborists
Program Manager Vegetation Management, Xcel Energy

Ms. Christa Schaefer
Representing the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
State Transportation Landscape Architect, WDOT

Mr. Jordan Skiff
Representing public works
Wastewater Superintendent, City of Sheboygan 

Mr. Matthew Staudenmaier
Representing municipal arborists/foresters from communities under 100,000
Forestry Department Supervisor, City of Eau Claire

Mr. Jonathan Stickels
Representing the nursery/green industry
Mariani Plants

Ms. Sarah Toomsen
Representing the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Manager of Planning & Development, Milwaukee County Parks

Mr. Jeffery Treu
Member-at-large representing statewide natural resources advocates
Regional Forester, WE Energies Regional Forester (retired)

Dr. Shahla M. Werner, Past Chair
Representing the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
Plant Protection Section Chief, DATCP

Mr. Rex Zemke
Representing interested Wisconsin citizens
District Groundskeeper, Wausau School District

Nonvoting members

Ms. Jill Johnson
Representing the USDA Forest Service
Midwest Urban Forestry Coordinator, USFS

Mr. Jeff Roe
Wisconsin DNR Forestry Division
Urban Forestry Team Leader

Ms. Patricia Lindquist
Wisconsin DNR Forestry Division
Urban Forestry Coordinator