The Evolution of Glenwood's Urban Forestry Management Plan

The character of Glenwood has changed from an abandoned quarry devoid of trees and soil to its present state as a shady woodlot.  An initial urban forestry management plan was developed using a grant from DNR and was approved by DNR and the DMNA Council.  In 2011, Madison Parks completed Phase I work consisting of 19 tree removals and pruning for public safety.  The original 2009 plan called for an implementation timeline of seven years, a condition of the grant award.  However, neighbors of the park and the limited available funding suggested that a longer implementation timeline should be created. 

Briana Frank, author of the original plan, and Si Widstrand, retired Madison Parks manager, generously volunteered their time and expertise to develop a new approach for Glenwood's management.  The new proposal removed the seven year timeline and divided the park into four management areas, each with its own priorities.  The larger black locusts will be left to mature as long as they are not competing with native species.  Chapters 7, 8, and 9 of the 2009 plan were replaced with the new proposal.  As volunteers and funding become available, work will take place on the different focus areas.  The revised plan was completed in May, 2013, and approved by the DMNA Council and the Madison Parks Commission.

The summary of the amended plan describes the implementation approach.

In 2014, a number of young black locust trees were girdled to kill and dry the trees so that the wood could be used either locally or in the park. 

In 2015, a number of dead trees had their tops trimmed to prevent the upper branches from becoming a safety hazard.  Small trees and shrubs were removed to allow more sunlight to reach the interior of the park.  As part of the watershed management plan for Lake Wingra, the City Engineering staff agree to look at the impact of stormwater runoff from the Westmoreland drainage area and the erosion taking place in the park.