Urban Forestry


2020 Arbor Day Celebration

Join us at the 2020 ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION - SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020 10:00 a.m. to Noon followed by the EARTH DAY CELEBRATION  at Lakefront Park in Hudson, Wisconsin


On May 5, 2014, the Common Council accepted the Tree Planting Permit Application, as referenced in the Urban Forests Ordinance 2-14.

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

Urban Forestry Advisory Board 

The Urban Forestry Board shall serve in 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 Urban Forests Ordinance 2-14 (PDF) 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.