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
  1. Bismarck City Forester Initiates Elm Firewood Eradication

    The Forestry Division will begin a city-wide search for the over wintering and breeding habitat of the elm bark beetle as soon as conditions are conducive to search for firewood piles. This effort is critical to save trees from loss to Dutch elm disease. Read on...
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Elm tree concerns - Dutch elm disease and European elm scale are two insect/disease problems to look out for on your elm trees this spring.  

Dutch elm disease (DED) is caused by the invasive fungal pathogen, Ophiostoma novo-ulmi.  It is spread by the Elm bark beetle or from tree to tree through the roots.  The first sign of DED is often wilting and yellowing of leaves or branches in the outer crown of the tree.  Click here for more information about DED from NDSU Extension.

European elm scale is most noticeable by the appearance of honeydew or black mold on the bark of the tree.  Heavy infestations can cause premature yellowing and shedding of leaves and killing of twigs and branches.  For more information on this insect, click here for an article from CSU Extension.  

Other News

  • Consider supporting our Arbor Day and/or Partners in Planting Program this year!  Spring is right around the corner and we are gearing up for both the Partners in Planting program and the annual Arbor Day event. Once again, we are looking for Partners in the 2021 planting season and would welcome the opportunity to work with you.  If interested, please call the Forestry Division for more information or submit the Arbor Day and Partners in Planting Donation Form.

  • Beautification Award nominations are wanted for the 2021 Arbor Day celebration. Beautification Awards are presented to businesses and organizations for going above and beyond what is required by the Landscaping and Screening Ordinance to enhance and improve the image of their commercial properties in Bismarck. Click here to make your nomination.
  • Tree Campus K-12 - The Arbor Day Foundation has recently developed a Tree Campus program for K-12 schools.  Tree Campus K-12 inspires collaboration between schools, students, and communities to facilitate experiences with trees as a learning tool. The program encourages schools and educators to create purposeful opportunities for students to interact with trees by offering resources as well as a framework for becoming recognized and celebrating their efforts with their community.  The Forestry Division is here to assist interested schools in achieving this recognition.  Contact our office to get started!