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Wisconsin DNR's Northeast Regional Analysis Project

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Northeast Regional Urban Forestry Coordinators completed the final phase of a regional analysis of street trees and canopy cover for (19) communities in the Northeast Area of Wisconsin. The final phase of this comprehensive assessment project was completed with cooperation from the communities of Fond du Lac, Marinette, Oshkosh and Shawano.

The study quantified the annual ecosystem services and aesthetic benefits of public trees using i-Tree Streets. In addition, an i-Tree Canopy analysis provided communities with current canopy cover estimates and an assessment of potential canopy cover for future monitoring and goal setting.

Understanding the important environmental and economic value that community trees provide, will allow Wisconsin communities to improve management, advocate for future investment, build partnerships and address threats to ensure that residents receive environmental and economic services well into the future. Simply put, tree benefits increase as trees grow in size. This emphasizes the need for sustainable planning, cooperation and participation by all to ensure that trees reach maturity and continue to enhance community livability.

Fox Valley Metro Area i-Tree Streets and Canopy Analysis

The second phase highlighted the benefits that community trees provide Fox Valley area residents including the following:

  • $1.40 million per year in summer cooling and winter heating energy savings.
  • $1.56 million per year in storm water management savings by intercepting approximately 58 million gallons of storm water annually.
  • $1.51 million per year increase in local property values.
  • $233,336 per year in air quality improvement by mitigating harmful air pollutants.
  • $186,480 per year in atmospheric carbon dioxide reduction.



Green Bay Area i-Tree Streets and Canopy Community Analysis

The first phase of the Wisconsin DNR's regional analysis project focused on community tree benefits in the Green Bay Metro Area including the following:

  • $1.81 million per year in summer cooling and winter heating energy savings.
  • $1.78 million per year in storm water management savings by intercepting approximately 65 million gallons of storm water annually.
  • $2.02 million per year increase in local property values.
  • $296,206 per year in air quality improvement by mitigating harmful air pollutants.
  • $233,998 per year in atmospheric carbon dioxide reduction.

Contact Information

The analysis was conducted by Kim Miller from the Wisconsin DNR utilizing the i-Tree Streets & Canopy software.

Kim Miller or Tracy Salisbury
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Northeast Region
email: Kimberly.Miller@Wisconsin.gov
email: Tracy.Salisbury@Wisconsin.gov