Forestry

Division Services & Information

The mission of the Bismarck Forestry Division is to manage and improve the health of the urban forest while enhancing the quality of life for our growing community.

Our Division is responsible for:

  • Landscaping information
  • Planting, pruning, and removal of trees
  • Insects, diseases, and abiotic damage information
  • Urban forestry information
  • Community resources and programs

Featured Topic

Elm tree concerns - Dutch elm disease and European elm scale are two insect/disease problems to look out for on your elm trees this spring.  

Dutch elm disease (DED) is caused by the invasive fungal pathogen, Ophiostoma novo-ulmi.  It is spread by the Elm bark beetle or from tree to tree through the roots.  The first sign of DED is often wilting and yellowing of leaves or branches in the outer crown of the tree.  Click here for more information about DED from NDSU Extension.

European elm scale is most noticeable by the appearance of honeydew or black mold on the bark of the tree.  Heavy infestations can cause premature yellowing and shedding of leaves and killing of twigs and branches.  For more information on this insect, click here for an article from CSU Extension.  

Other News

  • Dakota Gardener: Back in ’21
    If the weather stays dry, North Dakota’s trees likely will be highly stressed. Read on for advice from Joe Zeleznik, NDSU Extension Forester.

  • Consider supporting our Arbor Day and/or Partners in Planting Program this year!  Spring is right around the corner and we are gearing up for both the Partners in Planting program and the annual Arbor Day event. Once again, we are looking for Partners in the 2021 planting season and would welcome the opportunity to work with you.  If interested, please call the Forestry Division for more information or submit the Arbor Day and Partners in Planting Donation Form.

  • Beautification Award nominations are wanted for the 2021 Arbor Day celebration. Beautification Awards are presented to businesses and organizations for going above and beyond what is required by the Landscaping and Screening Ordinance to enhance and improve the image of their commercial properties in Bismarck. Click here to make your nomination.