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


Doug Wiles
City Forester
ISA Certified Arborist

601 S. 26th St. 
Bismarck, ND  58506
Ph: (701) 355-1733

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Featured Topics 

  • Fall is a great time to plant a Tree. Homeowner's who desire to have a boulevard tree must request a planting permit by contacting the Forestry Division or by filling out an online form. In order to plant on the boulevard and participate in the Partners in Planting reimbursement program a permit to plant trees on the public right-of-way is required.
  • Did you know that evergreens like Pine and Spruce have needles that drop in the fall just like deciduous trees like Maple and Hackberry? It's a natural process but commonly causes concern in homeowners. Read on...
  • Winter will be around the corner before we know it, make sure your plants are prepared.  Read on...

ND Urban Community Forestry Association (NDUCFA) News

New Student Scholarship Available for 2016-2017 Academic Year
NDUCFA will award a scholarship of $750 during the 2016-2017 academic year to support a college or university student’s expenses. Applicants must be enrolled and in good standing as a full-time sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student at a North Dakota college or university in fall 2016 and be enrolled in arboriculture, urban/community forestry, horticulture, forestry, landscape architecture or other related fields as a major area of study.  
Learn more and apply.

Register Today for October Tree Pruning Workshop
Join NDUCFA for a Tree Pruning Workshop Oct. 20 in Cando. The workshop will teach participants how pruning guides tree growth and will also provide the opportunity to see climbing and pruning techniques demonstrated by a local, certified arborist. The workshop will end with a service-learning project at a local cemetery, where participants can put their new pruning knowledge to practice.
Learn more and register.