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Community Forestry

Aerial view of a North Dakota Community
Aerial view of a North Dakota Community

Community forestry involves the selection, planting and long-term care of the trees in our cities and towns, where most North Dakota residents live.  The health of this urban forest contributes to the economic, social, and environmental well-being of our communities.

North Dakota Forest Service Community Forestry personnel provide leadership and technical assistance to communities throughout the state, including tree selection, proper planting and tree care, development of shade tree ordinances and forestry management plans, tree pest surveys, and workshops.  Cost share grant funding is available for public tree planting and program development projects.


Tree City USA

Community Forestry Grant Opportunities

Arbor Day

Flood Recovery Guide for Green Infrastructure in Communities

Benefits of Trees

North Dakota Forestry Consultants

Community Forestry Staff

Gerri Makay - Community Forestry Manager - Carrington
PO Box 219, Carrington ND  58421-0219  •  Tel: (701) 652-2951  •  E-mail:

Joel Nichols - Community Forestry Specialist - Bismarck
916 East Interstate Avenue Suite #4, Bismarck ND  58503-1227  •  Tel:  (701) 328-9948  •  E-mail:

Mary O'Neill - Community Forestry Specialist - Lisbon
6824 Hwy 32 S, PO Box 604, Lisbon, ND 568054-0604  •  Tel: (701) 683-4323 ext 12  •  E-mail: 

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