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
Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week
The City of Bismarck will observe Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week
the week of May 21- 27, 2017. This week has been designated as North Dakota’s ‘Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week’. City of Bismarck Foresters will be flagging numerous publicly-owned ash trees with green tape as shown in the photo to the right to highlight the tree loss that this pest will cause.
Green ash is the most common tree species in most North Dakota communities, representing 35-65% of the urban forest. EAB has not been found in North Dakota, but monitoring efforts continue. Purple prism traps, designed for early detection of EAB, are being placed throughout the state to coincide with the time when adult insects emerge.
Emerald ash borer is an insect pest of ash trees that was imported into the United States in the mid-1990s in packing material. As of May 2, 2013, EAB has been detected in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan (both the upper and lower peninsulas), Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kansas, New Hampshire, Georgia, North Carolina and Colorado. In Canada, EAB has been detected in Ontario and Quebec. EAB’s rapid long-distance spread has been attributed to human transport of infested firewood, nursery stock or in wood products made with untreated ash wood. The nearest known infestation is in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
ND Invasives - published by the NDSU Extension Service - Current, relevant information for North Dakota communities, tree care professionals and natural resource professionals about invasive tree pest threats to our forests and shade trees.
Emerald Ash Borer Information Network - This Website is part of a multinational effort to bring you the latest information about emerald ash borer.
Emerald Ash Borer: Homeowner Guide to Insecticide Selection, Use, & Environmental Protection (PDF) - released by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, May 2010.
City of Bismarck Emerald Ash Borer Plan (PDF)