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

Ash Anthracnose

The Forestry Division has received a lot of questions recently about ash trees losing their leaves. This is likely due to a fungal problem called ash anthracnose. We see this problem during wet spring weather, which we really haven't seen much of since about 2015.  Click here for an NDSU Extension report regarding this common leaf disease.

Boulevard Tree Planting

Spring has arrived and now is 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.  Click here for more information on the Partners In Planting program and how to request a boulevard tree planting permit.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness

EAB has not been detected in North Dakota.  Unfortunately, it is beleived that EAB may reach the state in the coming years.  

EAB is native to eastern Asia, the emerald ash borer (EAB) Agrilus planipennis, was first discovered near Detroit, Michigan in 2002. Scientists believe that it was unintentionally brought into the U.S. inside infested ash crating or pallets. Since its initial discovery, the insect has spread rapidly. The damage caused by this pest has been astonishing. Unlike native ash-boring beetles that only kill weakened and dying trees, EAB attacks all ash trees regardless of their vigor, size, or age. Tens of millions of ash trees have been destroyed by the insect representing a significant economic cost to municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries. Primary long-distance spread is thought to occur via infested firewood and may also spread by infested nursery stock. 

(Information retrieved from NDSU ND Invasives webpage)

Eab awareness firewood alert