About River Falls Urban Forestry
River Falls Urban Forestry is responsible for the care and maintenance of over 8000 park, boulevard, and greenspace trees throughout River Falls. The City has had a City Forester on staff since 1990 and added its first International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist to its staff in 2015.
River Falls has been named a Tree City USA for over 20 years in a row and continually aims to grow a healthy and diverse urban forest.
Urban Forestry Mission Statement
The mission of the City’s Urban Forestry Program is to preserve and perpetuate one of the community’s most valuable natural resources and assets, its municipal forest of trees on public property. This includes trees on boulevards, parks, and other City properties.
Maximizing Natural Amenities
The City of River Falls has a number of natural amenities that provide a quality living and working environment for its residents and visitors. The local streams, rivers, lakes, park areas, topography, and trees are some of these valued resources. All of these amenities must be properly managed to both maximize their potential and prevent deterioration. Our urban trees are a vital and beautiful piece of this environment.
Urban trees provide many social, economic and environmental benefits. These benefits range from increased property values with properties with mature trees, to cleaner air, to reduced storm water runoff into the Kinnickinnic and our other watersheds. Along with these benefits, trees in urban areas also need constant monitoring for potential hazards to the public through hanging limbs or other defects. Due to urban stressors such as soil compaction, road salt, and dry conditions, urban trees are also much more susceptible to disease and insect damage and therefore require constant monitoring.
Urban Forestry Annual Projects & Events
- Arbor Day tree planting event(s) in late April
- Spring inspection of public trees identifying hazards or trees in decline before bud break
- Ongoing tree removals of dying or diseased trees as disease and insect activity increase
- Storm cleanup and tree inspections after severe weather events
- Fall inspection of public trees identifying hazards or trees in decline before leaf drop
- Fall tree planting of 80 to 150 trees in our public boulevards, parks, and green spaces in October
- Winter month boulevard tree pruning with both city pruning crews and city contracted tree service
Have questions on a City-owned tree? Please visit our Urban Forestry FAQ page
Emerald Ash Borer Update
Emerald Ash Borer(EAB) is small green boring insect that attacks and kills all trees in the ash family (Fraxinus spp). River Falls has an estimated 2000 public ash trees. This invasive insect has been spreading across the state of Wisconsin for the last ten years and has now been detected in River Falls City limits as of July 2019. This insect have an impact on our urban forest in the next 2-8 years. If you have or think you have an ash tree on your property and want to know what you can do to not lose your tree, please visit the links below and the Urban Forestry FAQ link above.
Emerald Ash Information
- City of River Falls Emerald Ash Borer Community Preparedness Plan
- Emerald Ash Borer - Wisconsin DNR Website
- Wisconsin’s Emerald Ash Borer Information Source
- EAB Homeowners Guide
- Homeowners Guide EAB Treatments from UW-Extension
Online Tree Resources
- Municode Chapter 8.12 - City of River Falls Nuisance Tree Ordinance
- USDA Tree Owner’s Manual
- City of River Falls Approved Boulevard Tree Planting List