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

Hot Topics

ND Conifers Struggling

During the past month, pines and spruce trees throughout much of North Dakota have shown symptoms of decline.  “The causes are varied, and treatment recommendations are equally diverse,” North Dakota State University Extension forester Joe Zeleznik says.  Read on for the full article published by NDSU Extension.

Drought and Trees - What to Expect and What to Do

The drought that began in 2020 will likely have a number of indirect effects on trees in 2021. While trees are generally able to respond to variable rainfall, drought creates a stress that exacerbates other problems. Specifically, trees that were already stressed by some other issue, like poor soils or insect infestation, are likely to decline even more following a drought.  Trees that went into the drought in good shape will be stressed and may become more susceptible to disease problems or other pests.  Read on for an article written by Joseph Zeleznik, NDSU Extension Forester.

Spring News

  • The Partners In Planting Program is available again for 2021. This cost share program is made possible by community minded sponsors that have partnered together with the City of Bismarck to provide funds for a matching grant to help homeowners plant street trees. This grant offers a direct reimbursement to citizens and businesses who plant trees in the City’s boulevard area adjacent to their property.