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Doug Wiles
City Forester

601 S. 26th St.
Bismarck, ND  58506

Ph: (701) 355-1733

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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

Forestry Staff posting informational signs
Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

The week of May 22-28, 2016, has been designated as North Dakota’s ‘Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week’. City of Bismarck Foresters have placed informational flyers on numerous publicly-owned ash trees 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 including the City of Bismarck 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. Since EAB was first identified in the Detroit, Michigan, area in 2002, the insect has spread to 15 states and two Canadian provinces. 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. Most recently the pest has been found in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Is your firewood harboring a killer? Forest pests can hitchhike on your firewood! Don't bring Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) into North Dakota! We are asking the public not to move firewood in or out of Bismarck as this increases the risk of spreading harmful pests and diseases of trees.

City of Bismarck Emerald Ash Borer Plan

Emerald Ash Borer: Homeowner Guide to Insecticide Selection, Use, & Environmental Protection - released by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, May 2010.

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