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Community Forestry

Trees are vitally important to cities, villages and towns. Like electricity and water, an urban tree canopy is part of a community’s infrastructure, providing valuable environmental, economic and social benefits. Well-managed urban forests pay back [PDF] nearly three times the cost to plant and maintain them.

This page serves as a portal for resources, educational information and special events regarding the health, maintainence and preservation of trees within our community:


Insect & Diseases

Tree Selection, Planting & Care

Town of Vernon Right-of-Way Tree Trimming

If trees will be trimmed by your property, the DPW will notify you by a letter in your door one week in advance. This letter does not apply to the utility companies conducting trimming in the Right-of-Way.

The road right-of-way (ROW) in the Town of Vernon needs to be trimmed every few years, particularly when Wisconsin storms bring lighting, ice and high winds.

Also, we need to make room on the road right-of-way for snow removal. We are also working hard to provide intersection visibility for school buses, police and other emergency vehicles, normal traffic visibility and delivery trucks, etc… 

Right-of-way trimming typically involves low overhanging branches, as well as brush and fast growing, leaning trees. Brush will be removed/chipped and wood will be left for the homeowner. We may need to remove a tree that is dead or dying, has badly split trunk or limb, leans dangerously close to the road right-of-way or is a fast growing weak wood variety.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding right-of-way tree trimming please contact the DPW at 262-662-7785.