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 Topics

  • 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 2019 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.
  • Protecting Trees and Shrubs in Winter
    Winter sun, wind and cold temperatures can bleach and dry out evergreen foliage, 
    damage bark, and injure or kill branches, flower buds, and roots. 
    Snow and ice can break branches and topple entire trees.  Salt used for deicing streets, sidewalks and parking lots is harmful to landscape plants. 
    Winter food shortages force rodents and deer to feed on bark, twigs, flower buds and leaves, injuring and sometimes killing trees and shrubs.
    Click here to read about steps you can take to protect trees and shrubs and minimize injury.  Published by the University of Minnesota Extension.

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.