Memorial Trees & Benches, Tree Trials & Forestry


Did you know?? BPRD provides and protects wooded buffer zones in ecologically sensitive areas, supports community gardens and orchards, tree-planting activities (2,677 planted in the past three years) and an arboretum.  BPRD has embraced integrated pest management, is engaged in prairie restoration, xeriscape design, invasive species removal and planting native grasses, flowers and trees. Downed trees are repurposed for wood mulch.

Memorial Trees and Benches

Bismarck Parks and Recreation District’s Memorial Donation Policy (PDF Download).


Online maps of Memorial Tree locations are available.  Click on the following links to view the online maps: Arbor Day Tree Locations or Memorial & Dedication Tree Locations.  These maps offer information regarding the tree’s location in Bismarck, when the tree was dedicated, and to whom it was dedicated.


View the list of Memorial Bench locations on Bismarck Parks and Recreation District’s property.

Western Tree Trials

Few tree species grow well in North Dakota’s climate, making it difficult to develop a diverse plant community.  Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) partnered with ND State University’s Woody Plants Research Department in 2016 to study underutilized tree species.  The Western Tree Trials will determine the adaptability of 40 tree cultivars. NDSU will provide BPRD with 160 trees over a two-year period, four each of 40 tree cultivars. This partnership allows BPRD to try a variety of new trees, enhance the beauty and diversity of parks and support tree research.

Bismarck Forestry Division

The Bismarck Forestry Division manages the trees on City and Park District properties. Bismarck has 15,000+ park trees, 20,000+ street trees, and many more trees standing on golf courses, along recreation trails, and in natural wooded areas. The division assists individuals and organizations planning memorial or dedication plantings and other special tree plantings in public areas. The forestry division organizes Bismarck’s annual Arbor Day ceremony each May. Foresters are often invited to discuss tree related issues with civic organizations and in classrooms throughout the city.

Foresters consult with parks and recreation district administrators and planners concerning tree planting projects and activities or changes on park property where trees are involved.

Park trees are pruned on a seven-year rotation prune cycle. Routine inspections of park trees serve to identify hazardous trees and provide a safe environment for park users.

Technical assistance for tree and shrub problems on private property is provided by appointment for a nominal fee.

Wood chips suitable for landscape mulch are available for sale at the City Landfill for $.02 per pound (minimum charge of $1). Tree logs suitable for firewood are available for sale at the City Landfill for $15.00 per ton. To purchase either wood chips or tree logs stop at the Scale House at the City Landfill for instructions.

For more information, call the Forestry Division at 701-355-1733 or visit our web page at