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Hudson Connection
City of Hudson
505 3rd Street
Hudson, WI  54016-1694
Ph: 715-386-4765
Fx: 715-386-0804

Urban Forestry

The Hudson Urban Forestry Board and Hudson Rotary are proud to announce their 3rd Annual Tree of the Year program. The goal of this effort is to expand and promote the tree diversity on public and private property in the city of Hudson. The selection(s) for this year include the Japanese Tree Lilac and/or the St. Croix American Elm. For more information, review the Tree of the Year flyer.

"The program was funded in part by an urban forestry grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Program as authorized under s.23.097, Wis Stats"

Emerald Ash Borer
The following link provides up to date information on the emerald ash bore and it's threat to ash trees in our part of the country. Emerald Ash Borer Information 

Ash Tree Information Sheet
The following link provides up to date information about protecting your tree from the Emerald Ash borer Protecting your Ash tree from EAB   

The following link is a Decision Guide to Managing Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on private property for City of Hudson Homeowner.

Newspaper article 3-2-2017 
City removing Ash trees to manage Emerald Ash Borer

The following link provides information on Woodpecker Flecking for Early Detection of the Emerald Ash Borer.

On May 5, 2014, the Common Council accepted the Tree Planting Permit Application, as referenced int he Urban Forests Ordinance 2-14. Included with the permit is the list of recommended trees for plantings of trees, shrubbery, etc. on City Right of Ways, Park land, and/or all other city owned public land and the guidelines for planting.Tree Planting Permit Application   & Guidelines for Planting 

Tree Planting Permit Application, as referenced in the Urban Forests Ordinance 2-14 Included with the permit is the list of recommended trees for plantings of trees, shrubbery, etc. on City Right of Ways, Park land, and/or all other city owned public land and the guidelines for planting.

Tree Treks
Hudson's Tree Treks are self-guided tree identification tours of our beautiful urban forests. Currently, 3 Tree Treks can be found; along the path in Lakefront Park, the planting of new street trees along Vine Street from 1st Street to 9th Street, and at the River Crest Elementary School Arboretum, near the intersection of County Roads F and FF, across from the YMCA Camp. For details and a printable brochure, to go
 Tree Treks.

Urban Forestry Advisory Board
The Urban Forestry Board shall serve as an advisory capacity to the City of Hudson. The Board shall advise the City on all matters pertaining to trees and urban forestry in the City.  

The Board shall consist of six members appointed by the Mayor. The board shall also include one member from the City Council person and the Director of Public Works. One member shall be appointed as Chairperson. Each Board member will serve a two-year term, except the initial Board shall serve staggered terms of office as determined by the Public Works Committee. Board members shall serve without compensation. In the event that a vacancy occurs, the successor shall be appointed by the Mayor to fill the unexpired portion of the term.

Current members of the Urban Forestry Advisory Board can be found at the following link:
Urban Forest Advisory Board

The Board shall have the following duties:
  • To make recommendations for studies relative to overseeing the development and maintenance of the City's Urban Forestry Program.
  • To determine and make recommendations relative to the present and future needs of the City's urban forest.
  • To establish and recommend tree/forest management policies.
  • To review and make recommendations for tree management including updates to the Municipal Code.
  • To assist with determining the level of tree treatment, pruning, removal, planting and utilization of an annual budget.
  • To assist with providing technical advice to property owners and developers regarding tree planting, care and preservation.

Urban Forests - Ordinance 2-14
The Common Council adopted Ordinance 2-14 at the May 5, 2014 Council meeting. The intent and purpose is to regulate the planting, removal, and care for trees in the City of Hudson and to promote the public health, safety and welfare, prevent the spread of fire, prevent the spread of tree diseases, protect property values, enhance aesthetics, increase road safety, reduce the potential for trees becoming public nuisances and hazards, protect trees from loss during construction, encourage use of trees to conserve energy, encourage and maintain an optimal level of age and species diversity, provide specifications for planting, maintaining and removal of trees and provide that all such work (including utility maintenance) in any right of way or on any public property be by permit and to provide a forum for conflict resolution. The City of Hudson Urban Forestry Ordinance can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on Urban Forests - Ordinance 2-14. 

DNR Forest Health News The Public Works Department  and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have received numerous calls regarding the ailing Red Pines throughout the City of Hudson and St. Croix County. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provided information on the Red Pines in the 2013 newsletter published by Forest Health Specialist, Todd Lanigan