- Parks, Recreation and Forestry
- Trees (Urban Forest)
Arbor Day Celebration 2022
The City of Superior will be recognizing Arbor Day 2022 through education of students and residents on invasive species. Keep an eye on our website, our Invasive Species page, Facebook page and your City utility bill for important information on what invasive species are and how they can create issues in the city.
As part of the annual celebration, The Superior Federation of Labor, as part of the Fallen Workers Memorial, will be planted a tree in memory of Bob Brown, an employee of Douglas County who tragically lost his life on the job.
This was the City's 23rd year being designated as a "Tree City USA". The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. It provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.
What is an Urban Forest?
An urban forest consists of the trees and related organisms in urban settings, whether small towns, villages, communities, or large cities. These include street and park trees and can be in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
Superior's urban forest program was formalized the year before the Common Council approved The Strategic Action Plan for the Urban Forest of the City of Superior (1998). Prior to that, the City committed Parks and Recreation staff to boulevard tree planting, tree maintenance, and hazard tree removal.
Wisconsin Community Tree Map
Check out this link to the Wisconsin DNR Community Tree Map website where you can view all of the trees on city property and in the right of way. This tool allows users to visualize and query trees in their community, calculate their benefits, and produce maps, charts and other graphics related to trees.
Recently, the City updated its strategic plan, beginning in 2008, with the plan being finalized in October 2009. The plan can be viewed by clicking on the following (please note that Appendices A-C are viewed as separate items).
Emerald Ash Borer News
The National Estuarine Research Reserve completed an understory planting in the Pokegama Bay to help mitigate the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation in the municipal forest. Please view a short video about the project.
The City plants trees on boulevards by zone. Each year, if funding is available, the most-needed zone for planting is determined by the Urban Forestry Tree Board.
City trees are defined as any tree planted on City-owned land, including the right-of-way, parks and recreational areas, and all City facilities. Regardless of who has planted the tree (in the past), the City is responsible for the tree's health and maintenance if the tree is on City land.
Citizens may plant a tree on their boulevard by filling out and sending in the following free permit. A list of recommended street trees and tree planting standards are also listed below.
No person may apply pesticides to city lands. Click here to review the ordinance regarding pesticides in the city. To request an exemption from the ordinance, complete the Application for pesticide ordinance exemption.