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Municipal arboriculture is a specialized field of arboriculture and urban forestry that deals with the management of planted and naturally occurring greenspaces on public land in communities. It involves planning, planting, establishing, protecting, and managing public trees and associated vegetation.
We plant and manage trees because they provide significant benefits to our community. Among the most basic reasons for planting trees is for their beauty and the shade they provide. While these are excellent benefits, trees serve many other purposes. The following documents provide in-depth information and research about why trees are important:
Midwest Community Tree Guide
The Value of Trees
Trees are Good - The Benefits of Trees
Racine's Forestry Division manages the planting, pruning, removal and other maintenance needs of an estimated 33,000 tree sites located along 260 miles of streets. These street trees provide approximately $2,843,769 in benefits per year in the form of energy savings, avoided and sequestered carbon, air quality benefits, stormwater runoff reduction, and aesthetic and other benefits.
In addition, the Division is responsible for 7,000 trees located in managed/mowed portions parks, cemeteries, golf courses, and on other City-owned property such as Wustum Museum and the Racine Zoo. Forestry staff are trained to follow rigid safety standards. Whether planting a new tree or cleaning up after a major wind storm, the safety of the workers, the public and property are never compromised.
If you have a question or concern regarding a community tree, please contact the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department at 636-9131.
If you would like a community tree planted in the public parkway, please fill out a:
Tree Planting Application
If you are a tree service provider and wish to perform arboricultural work (fertilizing, pesticide application, pruning, or other) on a public street tree, city ordinance requires that you first complete a:
Tree Work Permit Application
If you would like to have waste wood delivered to your property please complete a:
Wood Waste Request Form
Please note that we only deliver to properties located east of Highway 45 in Racine County and that there is a $75.00 delivery fee (Plus $3.83 Tax). In addition, there is a limited amount of wood available each year - please contact our department at 636-9131 prior to sending your application and payment to ensure that we are currently accepting requests.
If you would like to request delivery of wood chips, please complete a:
Wood Chips Request Form
We are only able to deliver to properties located east of the Interstate in Racine County. Delivery is on a first-come, first-serve basis as chips are available.
If you would like additional information beyond what is provided here, one of the following external websites may be of use to you:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Emerald Ash Borer
Wisconsin Arborist Association
International Society of Arboriculture
Tree Care Industry Association
Tree Owner’s Manual
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department mission: to preserve our parks and open spaces and provide essential recreational programs and cultural services in a safe, professional, and friendly manner.
The department manages parks totaling over 1,100 acres, 5 community centers, and many other facilities to provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department (PRCS)
City Hall Annex Building:
800 Center Street, Room 127
Racine, WI 53403
Office Hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. (Open Lunch Hour)
Monday - Friday
262-636-9131 - PHONE
262-636-9277 - FAX
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Payment Information: PRCS accepts Visa and Master Card, cash, and checks for all registrations and program payments.
WPRA tickets may only be purchased with Visa or Mastercard, or a cash payment.
Our Activities & Sports Hotline is a recorded message regarding cancellations for softball, volleyball, and basketball. The hotline number is: 637-7678 and is accessible 24 hours. Other league information is available by joining our Facebook groups.
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