Trees/Urban Forest

Arbor Day Celebration 2018

We held our annual Arbor Day Celebration on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 10 a.m. at the park at 18 Oaks Park.  Click here to see the program!

This is the City's 19th 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. 


Strategic Plan



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.

City Trees



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.
For tips on planting and caring for a new tree, check out this fact sheet  from the UW Extension!
Neighborhood Tree Canopy