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.


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

Fall Needle Drop in Conifers

During autumn, deciduous trees like green ash and linden change color and lose their leaves.  This is normal and expected.  It happens every year and people are used to it.  When needles of evergreen trees turn brown and die, it is definitely unexpected, but not necessarily abnormal.  Read on for an article published by NDSU Extension.

Boulevard Tree Planting

As we transition into fall, it is still a great time for tree planting.  The City of Bismarck has partnered with community minded sponsors again this year to provide a partial cost share for boulevard tree planting and funding for 2019 is still available.   Click here for more information on the Partners In Planting program and how to request a boulevard tree planting permit.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

The North Dakota Urban & Community Forestry Association (NDUCFA) will be hosting two training opportunities in Bismarck this fall.

An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Detection & Management Workshop will be held on October 16, 2019 at the Sertoma Club Community Center.  Presenters will share their expertise on the most effective EAB detection technique, how to uncover EAB in a branch sample and the best strategies for slowing the spread now (pre-infestation) and into the future. There will also be a discussion of 2019 tree pests and their management based on calls, observations and reports from the field.  Click here for a link to the NDUCFA events page for registration information.

A Winter Tree ID Workshop is also scheduled to be held in Bismarck on November 6, 2019 at the ND Heritage Center.  Registration for this event can be accessed through the same link used for the EAB workshop.