North Dakota State University * Dickinson Research Extension Center
1089 State Avenue, Dickinson, ND 58601-4642 Voice: (701) 483-2348 FAX: (701) 483-2005


Jerry Larson, Extension Agent/Stark-Billings County
Kris Ringwall, Director, Dickinson Research Extension Center
Craig Armstrong, City Forester, Dickinson, ND
Dickinson Urban Forestry Committee
Dickinson Master Forestry Volunteers


Very important components of the Dickinson Research Extension Center are the forestry/horticulture plantings. Existing, along with new, plantings make the center a very logical place for the establishment of a forestry arboretum. With the existing trees, the major requirement was to provide identification of these trees.

Once the arboretum is in place, a public relations campaign will be implemented to encourage the use of this arboretum as an outdoor classroom for area schools, organizations and any individuals interested in learning more about trees and shrubs. This will serve as a real useful community educational environment.

The 1994 Dickinson Arbor Day program was held at the Dickinson Research Extension Center and featured an adopt-a-tree planting program. Trees planted will be included in the total arboretum project.



Two major projects were completed this year:

  1. Over 50 trees and shrubs were identified with common and scientific names at the Dickinson Research Center Woody Field Evaluation Plot. This plot was established by the Plant Materials Center from Bismarck.
  2. A total of 44 trees were planted on the Dickinson Research Extension Center grounds during the 1994 Dickinson Arbor Day Program. Trees were adopted/sponsored by local individuals, businesses, organizations and cooperating agencies.


Outdoor Arboretum:

Our local Master Forestry Volunteers assumed the responsibility of identifying trees that are included in the Dickinson Woody Field Evaluation study. Volunteers identified the type of signs to be used. Signs were purchased from Roughrider Industries through funds received from a North Dakota Soil Conservation Districts grant.

Signs are similar to small street signs and include both the common and scientific name of trees and shrubs included in this planting. Rebar posts were used, metal plates were welded onto the rebar, and the signs were riveted on the metal plants. The metal plates and rebar were donated by Fisher Industries. The welding of signs was provided through the cooperation of the Dickinson High School welding class.

Individual volunteers that assisted with placing the signs and sign development were: Jon Stika, Leonard Hibl, Leo Ladbury, George Stull and Bonnie Twogood.

A brochure is currently being developed that will be a map of the site indicating the different tree species included in this planting. This will be available for individuals while touring this planting.

Tree signs were also developed and placed by trees along the walking trails located just south of the research center in the Dickinson Recreation Building complex. This will be another component of our outdoor arboretum.

Arbor Day Planting:

A major program of the Dickinson Urban Forestry Committee is their sponsorship of the annual Dickinson Arbor Day Program. This year's Arbor Day event was held on May 14 at the Dickinson Research Extension Center.

This year's event again featured an adopt-a-tree program which involves the adoption of trees by local businesses, individuals and organizations which are planted during the program. An adopt-a-tree sponsorship form is attached. Trees provided ranged from 5-foot potted trees to 2-inch caliper balled and burlaped trees.

A total of 44 trees were planted of the following species: chestnut crabapple, ure pear, silver maple, amur clump maple, toba hawthorn, redmond linden, Underwood plum, Waneta plum, rose tree of China, honey crisp apple, red dutchess apple, Hazen apple, haralred apple, harbin pear, amur maple, clump birch, centennial crabapple, parker pear, Pembina pear and scotch pine.

1994 adopt-a-tree sponsored included:

This Arbor Day planting greatly enhanced the landscape in an extremely visible area located along the highly-travelled State Avenue. The Dickinson Parks and Recreation District has agreed to maintain these trees which is a very helpful contribution. This cooperative effort proved to be very successful.

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