We’re excited to have one of our partners in the maintenance of your trees do a guest post for our GIS blog today. Wachtel Tree Science is a first in class tree care company, equipped with 3 Board Certified Master Arborists, 24 Certified Arborists, and 1 Municipal Specialists who are dedicated to keeping trees healthy, beautiful, and well-maintained.
The urban forest is one of your community’s most vital assets. The trees that line your streets and shade your parks provide numerous benefits to your citizens and the environment in which they live. Research shows that more greenspace in your downtown business districts increases economic activity, and hospital patients can even heal faster when they have beautiful trees to gaze upon. Effective and efficient management of your urban forest is vital to a prosperous community.
GIS public tree inventories are a crucial tool in proper management of your community’s urban forests. It makes sense that you need to know what you have before you can build a management plan. Since having precise data is crucial to a successful tree inventory, the well-trained eye of educated professionals is typically necessary to capture consistent and accurate data suitable for analysis. Because of the labor and skill needed for a quality tree inventory, the WI Department of Natural Resources has an Urban Forestry grant program to assist you with the associated costs, and the grants are distributed in the following three categories:
- Regular grants are competitive cost-share grants of up to $25,000. Grants are to support new, innovative projects that will develop sustainable urban and community forestry programs, not to subsidize routine forestry activities.
- Startup grants are competitive cost-share grants of up to $5,000. These grants are available to communities that want to start or restart an urban forestry program.
- Catastrophic storm grants fund tree repair, removal, or replacement within urban areas following a catastrophic storm event for which the governor has declared a State of Emergency under s. 323.10, Wis. Stats.
The application window is currently open now through October 1st to apply for these grants. There are multiple resources available to assist you with the process of determining the goals of your project, planning the necessary resources, and calculating how much assistance you will need to apply for. Begin by attending a webinar hosted by the WI DNR on August 9th. Click here for the webinar and to find more information on how these grants can assist the forestry program in your community. Additionally, you can attend a free informational seminar at Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.’s (R/M) Waukesha location on August 17th; experts from Wachtel Tree Science and R/M will discuss the importance of tracking trees, how GIS can help, and explain the grant application process. To RSVP, click here!
Contact your consultants at Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. and Wachtel Tree Science today to get you on the path to better urban forest management!