Category Archives: Urban Forest

EAB: Youth and WYOU and the Green Bug

6 month report continued…
This video was created in cooperation with our community television organization WYOU by local youth for outreach and education to youth and the youthfully minded Madison community. The kids filmed interviews with UW, city and county experts on urban forestry about the EAB. Sam Meier, after school science teacher, Lowell parent and UW Earth Science graduate was introduced to the youth early on and continued to work with them on EAB projects.  Beginning with this video, they  became our EAB ambassadors.

Tree Inventory: How’s it going?

Although we wont consider education and outreach (e/o) complete until our urban forest is secure and healthy, were pleased to report that we have accomplished many of our e/o goals as stated in Sustainable Atwood’s grant proposal to the DNR. We started with a host of excellent partners working with us to accomplish the sizable goals of the project and have gained the interest of individuals and groups ever since—some of whom have become key figures in planning, teaching, coordinating, and evaluation of the project. Our partners seem to have a natural ability to collaborate, build on each others ideas and go the extra mile. Thanks to their hard work, weve completed and continue to build on the activities described in the blogs to follow!

DNR Grant


The Department of Natural Resources has awarded Sustainable Atwood $21,000 to inventory SASY neighborhood’s private and public trees and perform outreach  about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). We’ll begin in January and finish in December 2011. We’ll match this grant with $21,000 in “donations” for a total $42,000 value to the neighborhood.

Special thanks to Neighbor Maria Moreno for spurring the development and writing of this grant, and to Goodman Community Center for acting as our fiscal agent–believing we could get the job done!

To the many of you who have expressed concern for our urban forest, we look forward to enjoining you in this important work of documenting the makeup of our forest. To those fruit and nut tree enthusiasts, this project will indicate our  publicly available edible resources–we hope you’ll be interested in joining, too. To all of you who love this neighborhood and are interested in urban wildlife habitat, property values or cool shade on a hot summer day–can’t wait to get started!

Thanks to the following partners working with us:

  • WYOU Community Television
  • Marla Eddy, City of Madison Forester
  • Sean Gere, ISA Certified Arborist
  • University of Wisconsin (UW) Forestry and Wildlife
  • UW Horticulture Department
  • UW Landscape Architect Department
  • Marquette Elementary School
  • Lowell Elementary School
  • OKeeffe Middle School
  • East High School
  • Fair Oaks Nursery & Garden Center
  • WORT Community Radio
  • Sustainable Atwood Members