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
  1. Bismarck City Forester Initiates Elm Firewood Eradication

    City Forester, Doug Wiles announced today that the Bismarck Forestry Division will begin a citywide search for the over wintering and breeding habitat of the elm bark beetle as soon as conditions become conducive to search for firewood piles. Read on...
  2. 2018 Arbor Day Photo Contest - "Trees Make a World of Difference"

    In celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Bismarck Forestry Division is pleased to announce the 2018 Arbor Day photo contest. The contest is open to all 5th grade students in the City of Bismarck. Read on...
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Winter Tree Pruning

Much of the pruning that landscape plants need can be carried out in late winter or early spring while they are still dormant. This is true for deciduous and coniferous woody plants. In North Dakota, March is generally the best time to undertake this work to minimize excessive sap flow. Exceptions to this would be trees noted for heavy sap flow such as maples and birches; you can meet their pruning after full leafing out is complete.  Click here for more information on pruning trees and shrubs.

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  • 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 2018 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 this year's Arbor Day. 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.

Invasive Tree Pest



  • Is your firewood harboring a killer? Forest pests can hitchhike on your firewood! Don't bring Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) into North Dakota! We are asking the public not to move firewood in or out of Bismarck as this increases the risk of spreading harmful pests and diseases of trees.