Milwaukee Urban Forest Fact Sheet
|Land area by acres*||154,880|
+Based on the 2010 U.S. Census
*Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Milwaukee Urban Forest Facts*
- The city has 3,377,000 trees.
- The most common shade tree species in the city are green ash, boxelder, American elm and Norway maple.
- Approximately 67 percent of the trees are less than six inches in diameter.
- Milwaukee’s trees:
- Remove 496 tons of pollution annually, valued at $2.59 million.
- Store 434,000 tons of carbon, valued at $8.97 million.
- Sequester 8,900 tons of carbon per year, valued at $164,000.
- Provide annual building energy savings of $864,000, which avoids an
- estimated $39,100 in carbon emissions annually.
- Have a structural value of $1.43 billion.
- Milwaukee’s urban tree canopy is 21.5 percent.+
*As reported in “Urban Forest Effects and Values,” which was developed for Milwaukee in 2008 by the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station
+ As reported to American Forests in its survey of the 50 most populous U.S. cities
Top 10 Criteria
|Urban Forest Management Plan||No|
|Urban Canopy Goal||Yes, tied to its Economic Development Plan|
|Quality of Urban Forest Compared to Others in Region||Street trees are in excellent condition, but ash trees are worse than normal.|
|Tree Inventory||Yes, covering public land|
|Tree Species Diversity Plan||Yes|
|Tree Ordinances||Yes, for both public and private lands covering hazard and historic trees|
|Comprehensive Greening Plans||Yes, including a Sustainability Plan and Green Infrastructure Plan, as well as a mayoral-appointed Green Team|
|Types of Greening Initiatives||Protection of open spaces; natural resource restoration;urban forests for environmental justice initiatives;urban forests as part of planning for runoff, erosion and/or flooding; green jobs training; active involvement of environmental stewardship groups|
|Park Acres per 1,000 People||25.53|
|Percentage of Land as Park||9.80|
|Quality of Civic Engagement||Good, with citywide stewardship and neighborhood interactions|
|Tree City USA*||Yes|
|Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Signatory||Yes|
*Designation awarded by The Arbor Day Foundation to cities that have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.