The Forestry Department activities include three stages of the forest’s life. The young tree at planting, tree maintenance while growing and tree removal of dead and dying trees.

The Forestry Department has the proud distinction of 30 years designated as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.  There are four standards for a city to gain such a distinction:

  • The City must have a Tree Board that represents the community and its forestry needs as an advisory to the City Forester.
  • The City must have an Ordinance which addresses the planting and care of trees.
  • The City’s Forestry Program must have an Annual Budget of at Least $2 per capita.
  • The City must hold an Annual Arbor Day Observation and Proclamation.

In addition to meeting the Tree City USA requirements, the City of Jamestown has received a Tree Growth Award every year for the last 11 years and recognizes environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care in the community as evidenced by additions or significant improvements to the tree program during each year of recognition.  Jamestown was designated as a Sterling Tree City USA in 2009 for the completion of 10 years of achieving the Tree Growth Award.

Tree Maintenance

It is the responsibility of homeowners to maintain and care for trees planted on their boulevard. This includes pruning branches over the street and sidewalks. The branch requirement over residential streets is 12 feet which branches in commercial areas of town are required to be pruned to a height of 13 feet. Tree branches over sidewalks are to be maintained to a height of 8 feet over the middle of the sidewalk. Tree branches that interfere with the visibility of traffic signs and lights must be pruned to provide adequate clearance and visibility to a distance of 100 feet for moving traffic.

Any tree branches or shrub growth into the alley right-of-ways must be pruned for clearance and safety of public workers and private citizens that use these public ways. The right of way is approximately 20 feet wide or 10 feet from the agreed center line. Shrubs are not allowed on city boulevards near corners or in areas that may develop a traffic visibility problem.

Every winter the City Forester, along with the City of Jamestown Street Department prune street trees.  We will focus on one quarter of the city at a time.  The pruning that is done at this time will be done to meet the International Society of Arboriculture Best Management Practices.  Meaning that there will be no topping, no stobs left sticking out and decisions will be made to uphold the integrity of the tree. However, due to the amount of work and time constraints due to the extreme conditions in North Dakota, the pruning that will be done will not include the entire tree but only that which could interfere with traffic and visibility.  If you would like a complete pruning of your trees, it is recommended that you contact one of the licensed arborists in Jamestown.