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Ash Tree Stump Removal and Tree Re-planting Process
After a tree has been removed, a Forestry Specialist will inspect the site to see if the tree can be replaced. They’ll look at any potential conflicts with utilities, spacing, private trees, etc. After the inspection, they’ll leave a green door tag on the house closest to the tree; the door tag indicates whether it will be a replacement or no replacement site. If a tree can be replaced, the Specialist will paint a green “T” on the curb for the approximate location.
For both replacement and no replacement sites, the Forestry section will enter information about the stump into our work order system. The City’s Streets Division needs this information to determine where and how deep to grub the stump. (For instance, we usually have Streets grub 18” for a replacement site, in order to accommodate the new tree.) The location is then added to Streets’ grubbing queue, and they’ll schedule the removal as time and resources allow.
Finally, if the tree is tentatively scheduled for a replacement, Forestry aims to plant a replacement tree within three planting seasons. We plant trees in spring and fall.
That’s the overall process. For the ash trees specifically in your area, I can see that a Forestry Specialist hasn’t done the replacement inspections yet. You can therefore keep an eye out for the green door tag; once you receive that, you can expect that the stumps will be in the queue for Streets shortly thereafter. For trees that are being replaced, the green door tag will also indicate the tentative planting time (e.g., Spring 2020).
We sometimes have residents ask about cost – there is no cost to the homeowner for either stump grubbing or the replacement tree.
Thanks, and let me know if you have any other questions,
Forestry Program Assistant
City of Madison – Forestry
1402 Wingra Creek Parkway
Madison, WI 53715