Arbor Day 2019

Bismarck Arbor Day 

Arbor Day is always the first Friday in May in North Dakota.  The City of Bismarck's annual Arbor Day event took place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd at Jaycee Park located at 321 E Century Avenue in Bismarck.  

Carl D. Hokenstad, retired Director of Community Development for the City of Bismarck, and William C. Wocken, retired City Administrator for the City of Bismarck, were each recognized with a tree planting in their honor for their many years of commitment and dedication to the community.  

The City of Bismarck received recognition for its 42nd year as a Tree City USA.  Appleseed Awards were given for planting on public property in 2018 and a Beautification Award was given for outstanding landscaping on private property in 2018.  Partners In Planting program sponsors from 2018 were also recognized.

2019 Arbor Day


Beautification awards are presented to businesses and organizations for landscaping to enhance and improve the image of their commercial properties in Bismarck. Apple Seed awards are presented to individuals and service clubs for landscape beautification efforts on public property in Bismarck. 

Tree City USA Award

The Tree City USA Award is presented to the City of Bismarck each year on behalf of the National Arbor Day Foundation as part of the annual Arbor Day celebration. Bismarck has been meeting the Tree City USA requirements since 1978. 

Other Celebration Activities

Many other activities take place on Arbor Day. Ceremonial Arbor Day trees are dedicated to local citizens whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Bismarck's urban forest. Third and fourth grade students in Bismarck's elementary schools are provided the opportunity to view educational videos about Arbor Day and the care of trees. Forrest Von Flickentale, a flickertail gopher and the Forestry Division mascot, helps with tree planting ceremonies and works to promote and inspire tree planting and care. 

Arbor Day Resources