Neighborhood Guide to the Urban Forest

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Wood or Waste?

Your healthy tree is a valuable contribution to our neighborhood. Your dead or diseased tree can be, too.

A vibrant urban forest is essential to our health and
well-being, and your tree plays an important role.

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*Atwood Neighborhood TREE INVENTORY (2011)

5,488 Trees on private property
+ 2,590 Trees on city property
8,078 Total trees
11% of our neighborhoods trees are Ash.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been found in Madison.
Within a few short years EAB will kill all untreated ash trees.
Educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of the EAB
at and report signs
of EAB to City of Madison Forestry: 608-266-4816.

Every year, thousands of trees are removed from our streets, backyards, parks and other green spaces due to
storms, disease or insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
Unfortunately, most of these trees are turned to wood chips and firewood or hauled to landfills as “waste.” According to the U.S. Forest Service, salvaged timber generated annually from tree removals in U.S. urban areas could produce 3.8 billion board feet of sustainable lumber.

Sustainable Atwood founded Wisconsin Urban Wood to reuse our communitys dead and diseased trees. Wisconsin Urban Wood (WUW) is stewardship, partnership and product. The WUW partnership of arborists, sawyers, kiln operators, wood product manufacturers, artists and designers networks together to use urban trees as a sustainable resource.  Many privately owned trees are suitable for lumber, furniture, flooring, art, architectural designs, and household goods. Your dead tree might be, too.

Tree processing is costly. When you pay for WUW’s local services and products made from your own or another’s tree, you foster a resilient urban forest; enjoy enduring goods; help build a local, living economy; significantly reduce transportation costs and emissions; and prevent unnecessary harvesting of forests around the world. Join WUW’s movement to make your part of the urban forest a sustainable resource.


• Know the process.  A dead tree becomes valuable with effort: when it is properly removed, transported, sawn, dried, fashioned, and sold as a product by motivated businesses or individuals. There is little to no cash value in a single log until it is handled with appropriate skill and experience, and ultimately purchased by a customer.  As in all tree removals, tree owners are responsible for removal costs. Extra steps must be taken by tree owner and tree professionals to process a tree for its highest uses.

  • Contact a Wisconsin Urban Wood partner for advice about your dead tree’s potential uses.
  • Have something of value made locally from the dead tree that grew on your property.
  • Ask for flooring, furniture, art, architecture, and household goods produced with Wisconsin Urban Wood.
  • Buy from local WUW partners.
  • Help WUW find and develop local markets that will select and use this sustainable resource whenever possible.
  • Encourage your neighbor, village or municipality to join the WUW movement.
  • Educate yourself about our neighborhood urban forest at
  • Thank you.

More info on urban wood:

 Neighborhood Guide to the Urban Forest   Downloadable pdf

Wisconsin Urban Wood Professionals  Directory of local Wisconsin Urban Wood tree and woodworking businesses

Atwood Tree Inventory   This detailed map shows 2011 data and analysis for 5,488 private trees in the Atwood neighborhood.  Can you find your trees on the map?

For a sustainable neighborhood, yours, mine, ours.