The Mount Horeb Parks and Forestry Department is responsible for managing and maintaining Mount Horeb’s urban forest, including over 3300 street trees and 435 park trees.
The Village has shown its commitment to forestry management by earning a Tree City USA award for the last 18 years and a Tree City USA Growth Award 4 years.
To qualify for Tree City USA, municipalities must have a Tree Board, adopt a Community Tree Ordinance, have a Community Forestry Program, and have an Arbor Day Celebration.
The Growth Award was created to recognize environmental improvements and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
What Is the Urban Forest?
The urban forest consists of all public and private trees in our community. Those trees provide us with many benefits including conserving energy with their shade, reducing storm water runoff, removing atmospheric pollution such as carbon dioxide, attracting businesses, tourists, and residents, and enhancing our quality of life.
Village-owned street trees are located within the Village right-of-way, either behind the curb or between the curb and sidewalk. Village street trees are pruned on a five-year cycle, meaning that each tree gets pruned at least once every five years.
Trees that are young and in a fast-growing stage often require more frequent pruning to provide height clearance and a strong branching structure. All pruning is performed by an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and follows ANSI Standards for Tree Care Operations. In the past ten years, our department has pruned more than 3300 trees.
A sound forestry management program involves a systematic evaluation of the health and structure of trees. Occasionally, street trees need to be removed for a variety of reasons including poor health, disease, poor structure, vandalism, vehicle collisions and utility conflicts. When street trees are removed, a replacement tree is planted if there is enough space for one. There is no charge to the adjacent property owner for this service.
The Parks and Forestry Department plants trees in the Village twice a year – spring and fall.
The majority of tree planting takes place in new subdivisions, but trees are also planted in parks, along streets as replacements of trees that have been removed, and in conjunction with street construction projects.
In the past ten years, our department has planted over 1600 trees in the Village.