Municipalities are most often the land owners and managers where urban trees come from. Trees are removed annually from parks, streets, development lots, and residences for a variety of reasons as part of an urban forestry program. At the same time, many more new trees are planted. Municipalities that want to put their removed trees to a better use have found that they can reduce removal and disposal costs, reduce waste and promote recycling, educate the public that trees are renewable resources, and enable the public to utilize a product grown in their community. The City of Milwaukee, for example, estimates its urban wood utilization program is saving taxpayers more than $80,000 per year on disposal fees. All municipalities can be leaders in this movement by taking a holistic view of urban tree management.





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The Urban Wood Network is made up of individual and organizational efforts in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, working in cooperation to connect and enhance the full circle of sustainable urban forestry. The Urban Wood Network is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service.  This website was created as part of the grant project, Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle: Localized Approaches for Capturing Value and Enhancing Public Benefits from Urban Forests, funded by the U.S. Forest Service. The Urban Wood Network provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.