Shorewood - by its very name - is defined by its urban forest. The Village of Shorewood owns and maintains nearly 6,300 street trees and hundreds more park and open space trees. Department of Public Works Forestry personnel manage the Village's urban forest through tree pruning, inspection, treatment, removal and replacement. Based upon accepted urban forestry valuation methods, the value of Shorewood's urban forest is estimated at over $15 million.
Shorewood has over 40 different species of street trees. The most common varieties are maple, ash, honey locust, linden, elm and ginkgo. Do you know what species of street trees are planted in front of your home? Our street tree inventory database can be accessed through the Village's GIS mapping tool. Access it here and then enter your address in the upper right. You can select any tree to see species, size and other management data.
The Village of Shorewood has been a designated Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1996. Requirements for Tree City USA designation include an annual investment of $2 per capita in the urban forest and a community celebration of Arbor Day, among others. Visit the Tree City USA website for more information. The Village has received Growth Awards for enhanced forestry activities in 2012 and 2019. Shorewood Growth Award activities have included the development of sidewalk installation specifications to protect existing street trees, the development of a door hanger with newly planted tree information that incorporates the benefits of trees on stormwater quality and quantity, an interpretive walking tour, an update of the Village's EAB management plan and an update of its street tree inventory.
The Village has utilized Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grants to develop a 2015 update to a previously existing management program document and a 2019 update to its EAB management plan. For a full list of the DPW documents and reports, please click here.For more information on Wisconsin DNR urban forestry programs, please click here.