“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
Chinese proverb

Trees are intrinsically connected to our lives.  They bring us shade in the summer months, protect us from the cold winds in the winter, and provide fresh air for us to breathe all year long. The City of Baraboo Forestry Department manages approximately 7,000 public trees. We strive to promote a healthier and more sustainable urban forest and foster community tree awareness. As Baraboo continues to grow, the urban forest remains an integral part of the city’s landscape, quietly performing as one of our most invaluable community members and infrastructure components.  We are committed to maintaining a healthy and safe urban forest, expanding our already extensive and diverse tree canopy cover for future generations. An added benefit of this is maximization of the visual, social, economic, and environmental services that this natural resource has to offer our residents and visitors. These efforts have earned the City of Baraboo the Tree City USA designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1992, as well as "Tree Growth Awards" in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.


Residents who would like a treebank tree can contact the Forestry Dept. at 608-355-2760, to be put on the planting list.  The city Forestry staff will determine if the site meets all the criteria for a tree. Residents who would like to plant their own tree must obtain a Tree Maintenance Permit. All trees must be chosen from the Approved Tree Planting List.
Residents are reminded that the City right of way is the area from the curb extending approximately 15 feet toward their residence.  Trees planted in this area must be planted by the City or with the approval of the City Forester.  Trees must be from the approved species list.

If you are interested in a tree on your Treebank, please see a list of approved trees, that we will plant. Contact the City Forester for more information.  Email 


Forestry crews perform most pruning and removals in the winter months.  Mature street trees are pruned cyclically once every 5-8 years.  Smaller trees are pruned more frequently.  Trees are pruned to improve structure, remove dead wood, clear buildings and meet sidewalk and street clearance per city ordinances.  If there is a concern with the tree on the tree bank please contact the Forestry Dept.