Greening Milwaukee partners with and recommends a number of organizations and websites for further information on trees and greening.
 
Milwaukee Resources
 
Milwaukee Forestry Division
 

The Forestry Division is responsible for the design, planning, planting, and management of street trees, boulevards, landscapes, greenspaces, and beautification projects within the City of Milwaukee. It aims to efficiently manage the urban landscape to provide a better quality of life for citizens and visitors. This effort seeks to maximize the environmental and psychological benefits of the urban forest, while enhancing both landscape and property values.

The division is responsible for the management of all shade and ornamental trees growing along city streets and boulevards which constitutes approximately 200,000 trees. Forestry manages vegetation on 121.8 miles of boulevards, 57 totlots, 59 greenspaces, 20 designated municipal properties, and 20 Downtown above-ground planters. They also serve as a resource to other agencies in greenspace design, implementation and maintenance.

For more information on the forestry division and some useful information related to plants & trees in your neighborhood, visit their website.

 
 
Milwaukee Green Map
 

As Milwaukee's first bioregional map of green resources, activities, people and practices, the Milwaukee Green Map
serves as an important benchmark to recognizing current green practices and imagining future growth.

Click through to the website for a wealth of important and interesting information about Milwaukee and nearby environs.

 
The Urban Ecology Center
 

The Urban Ecology Center is a neighborhood-based, nonprofit community center located in Milwaukee's historic Riverside Park. Using this living laboratory, the Urban Ecology Center provides environmental science programs to neighborhood schools, promotes environmental awareness in the community, preserves and enhances the natural resources of Riverside Park, and protects the Milwaukee River.

Urban Ecology Center's outdoor laboratory (part of Riverside Park) consists of 12 acres of wooded land and riparian habitat on the east bank of the Milwaukee River. The resource center and classroom is a short walk from the natural area This building is home to live animals, informational exhibits, and resource material about the Center and surrounding area.

The Urban Ecology Center is located between the Riverwest and East Side communities, one of the most populated and diverse areas in Milwaukee.

 
 
Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful
 
National and Urban Tree Organizations
 
Alliance for Community Trees (ACT)
 
Alliance for Community Trees’ mission is to create the national support network for grassroots, citizen-based, non-profit organizations dedicated to urban and community tree planting, care, conservation, and education. ACT offers membership to non-profit urban forestry organizations that have been in existence or affiliated with a 501(c)(3) organization for a minimum of one year prior to application for membership and whose purpose is to promote urban and community forestry through citizen action. Currently, 34 non-profit organizations are members of ACT. It offers educational workshops on fund raising topics, focusing on peer support and the development of the urban and community forestry movement nationwide.
 
 
Chicago Gateway Green
 
Founded in 1986 by Donald J. Porter, Chicago Gateway Green is a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the Chicagoland area. With on-going support from the Mayor, the Governor, and the GreenStreets Program, the committee works to re-landscape and beautify the Chicagoland area, focusing on transforming expressways into parkways. Gateway Green's Expressway partnership focuses on beautifying expressways in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), through litter and graffiti removal, managing landscapes and installing public art. Since its inception, Chicago Gateway Green has relied upon the support and assistance of corporations, organizations and individuals throughout the business and private sector.
 
 
Tree People
 
Founded in 1973 by Andy Lipkis, Tree People strives to inspire the people of Los Angeles to take personal responsibility for the urban forest by educating, training and supporting them as they plant and care for trees and improve the neighborhoods in which they live, work and play. It is one of the largest environmental, educational organizations in the country, planting over 1.5 million trees in the Los Angeles area over the past 26 years. The organization arranges training tools, and volunteers for tree planting events. Volunteer opportunities link people to projects that suit the individual's talents, skills, and schedules as well as inform others about Tree People's outreach programs. More than 7,377 volunteers participated in 2000, spending over 20,000 hours planting trees and maintaining the environment.
 
 
Tree Folks
 
Founded in 1989, Tree Folks is an organization which strives to promote community partnerships in the renewal, restoration and care of the urban forest through public tree plantings and education. Tree Folks provides volunteer opportunities to Austin and Central Texas communities by working closely with other groups to educate and involve citizens in tree planting and care. Thousands of trees have been planted by dedicated volunteers in several key areas, such as streets and medians, schools, retirement homes, treatment centers, parks, hotels and neighborhoods.
 
 
Friends of Trees
 
Friends of Trees is a non-profit organization that depends on support from business foundations, public agencies, and individuals. Friends of Trees builds community partnerships to plant, preserve, and care for urban trees in order to strengthen neighborhoods, create an ecologically healthy environment, and enhance the quality of urban life. Volunteer opportunities bring Portland neighborhoods together for tree planting along city streets, urban areas, and on school grounds. Since local government agencies no longer have the funds to plant new trees, the organization forms partnerships, recruiting and training volunteers to keep the urban forest flourishing.
 
 
Trees New York
 
Trees New York is a nationally acclaimed organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all communities through participatory tree related programs. Founded in the 70's, it is the only organization in the region which focuses solely on urban trees and forestry. TNY plants, preserves and cares for trees through crucial community-oriented and technical support services through education, training, desktop publishing, and advocacy efforts.
 
 
People for Trees
 
People for Trees is San Diego’s Urban Forestry Organization, a community-based group adhering to a philosophy of public betterment and environmental awareness – with a mission to plant trees!
 
 
Tree Link
 
A website created to provide information, research, and networking for people working in urban and community forestry. For the researcher, the arborist, the community group leader, or the volunteer-the site’s purpose is to inform, educate, and inspire.
 
Arborist Industry Resources
 
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), has served the tree care industry for over seventy years as a scientific and educational organization. ISA was founded in 1924 when a group of forty individuals, each engaged in a phase of tree work or research, were called together by the Connecticut Tree Protection Examining Board to discuss shade tree problems and their possible solutions. It was during this meeting this group identified a need for gathering tree care information and to provide a means for its dissemination. The National Shade Tree Conference (NSTC) was founded soon thereafter.

NSTC experienced gradual growth until 1929 when the economy in the United States collapsed and membership in the young organization sank to fourteen and continued to look bleak for several years, but in 1936, membership grew from thirty-three the previous year to one hundred forty-seven. With few exceptions, steady growth has been seen every year since.

The name was changed to the International Society of Arboriculture in 1976.
ISA continues to be a dynamic medium through which arborists around the world share their experience and knowledge for the benefit of society. ISA, aligned on many fronts with other green organizations, is working hard to foster a better understanding of trees and tree care through research and the education of professionals as well as global efforts to inform tree care consumers.
 
 
Tree Care Industry Association
 
The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), formerly the National Arborist Association (NAA), provides a website with information on tree care. It publishes the Tree Care Industry magazine and holds a TCI Expo yearly. It also offers several other newsletters and publications geared towards tree care workers for members only.
 




About Greening Milwaukee | Adopt-a-Tree Initiative | Mayor's Landscape Awards | Greening Milwaukee's Schools
Greening Milwaukee Resources | Tree Gift Program | Volunteer Opportunities | Investment | Contact Us