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North Dakota Forest Service

 NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service         
Office of the State Forester                       
307 - 1st Street East                                    
Bottineau ND  58318-1100

Tel:  (701) 228-5422

The mission of the NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service is to care for, protect and improve forest and natural resources to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.

"The Prairie Forester" Summer 2014 Newsletter

Click here to read the 2014 summer newsletter of"The Prairie Forester."   


Smokey Bear Celebrates 70 Years at ND State Fair!

Smokey Bear, our nation’s symbol of wildfire prevention, has been raising public awareness about the need to prevent accidental, human-caused wildfires for 70 years! Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been vigilant in delivering his fire prevention message to each new generation. Young and old need to hear Smokey’s message, “Remember, only YOU can prevent wildfires!"

The US Forest Service and ND Forest Service are partnering to celebrate Smokey’s 70th birthday at the ND State Fair on Tuesday, July 22. The event is part of the Family Day activities. Locate the Festival Tent located in the State Fair Park. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Come and join us!

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Forest Restoration Initiative

The NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service is launching a new Forest Restoration Initiative (FRI) in 2014 to provide technical and financial assistance to landowners who were impacted by flooding or forest health issues. Read the announcement here.

ND State Forestry Assessment and Strategy



The North Dakota Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Forest Resource Strategy was completed in August 2010 by the NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service.  Each assessment and strategy is unique to its state and reflects public input, local expertise and the best available data on forest conditions.  The strategies provide long-term plans for addressing needs identified in the assessments through state forestry initiatives, partner engagement and financial investments.  The goals of this collaborative planning process are to: (1) conserve working forest landscapes, (2) protect forests from threats, and (3) enhance public benefits from trees and forests.  The assessments and strategies will be revisited annually and updated every five years.

North Dakota’s document was one of the fifty-nine state/territorial plans that make up the first-ever comprehensive suite of Statewide Forestry Resource Assessments and Strategies by members of the National Association of State Foresters.   Collectively, the assessments and strategies provide a blueprint for the future of forest management in the United States.  

A printed copy of the North Dakota Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Forest Resource Strategy can be obtained by writing to the Office of the State Forester, NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service, 307 – 1st Street East, Bottineau ND  58318-1100 or by calling (701) 228-5422.

ND 125th Centennial

North Dakota will be celebrating 125 years of statehood in 2014 with two signature events - August 16 and November 2.  To learn more about all the details. click here.

Cooperative Fire Protection Assistance Grant Applications for 2014

To find the CFPA 2014 applications, click on "Grants" in the left column on this page.

Trees Awards and Nomination Form for 2014

The ND Trees Awards recognize individuals, organizations and agencies who contribute in an outstanding way to forestry activities.  The deadline to submit a nomination is August 1, 2014.  Winners will be recognized at the NDSU Trees Bowl on Saturday, September 20, 2014. 

2014 Trees Bowl Category Descriptions and Nomination Form.

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Living with a River

Grand Forks County and Cass County Soil Conservation Districts, along with several other organizations, recently completed a guidebook, Living with Rivers.  It is hoped this publication will give people a better understanding of rivers and how they function, so wise management decisions with our river ecosystems can be made by landowners and government entities.

The ND Forest Service has estimated that fifty percent of the original native, riparian forest in eastern North Dakota has been lost because of agricultural clearing and encroachment, overgrazing from livestock, Dutch elm disease, and excessive flooding.  Learn more by clicking on the pdf below:

Living with a River

Sick Tree Assistance Form

The North Dakota Forest Service is dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about the health and well-being of your trees. Whether you are planting your first tree or looking for guidance on existing trees, we can help. 

Feel free to use our Sick Tree Assistance Form if you are unable to find information you need regarding the health of your trees or shrubs.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 2:45:25 PM