Boulevard Trees

Boulevard Tree Planting Program Permit & Fact Sheet

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, all maple species of trees are no longer allowed to be planted in the City boulevard. 

Municipal code states that the property owner is responsible for the trimming of boulevard trees in regard to vehicle or pedestrian clearance and sight problems with obstructing trees at 14 feet over the street and 10 feet over sidewalks.

Municipal code also states that any tree or shrub that is obstructing a street light, traffic signal, stop sign, or similar apparatus, must be trimmed or removed by the abutting property owner. In any case, where a tree or shrub is causing or is likely to cause a public hazard, the city forestry department may cause the hazard to be immediately abated without having to give notice in accordance with section 115-4-7(c).

No tree can be planted in the boulevard right-of-way without approval from Mandan's Forestry Department. Please complete the boulevard tree planting program permit. Tree(s) planted through this program must be from the approved boulevard tree planting list.

A boulevard tree-planting program in Mandan was initiated in the spring of 2004. This program, through the cooperative efforts of homeowners, local businesses, and the Mandan Forestry Division, encourages Mandan residents or property-owners to plant boulevard trees.

Donations of all amounts are appreciated. The City recognizes donors in the Mandan Messenger monthly newsletter, posts on the City Facebook page and on this website. The City Commission will present plaques in 2023 to those providing $500 or more by June 1. In addition, the names of donors contributing $1,000 or more will be included on a permanent plaque to be displayed in the Ed “Bosh” Froelich meeting room at Mandan City Hall. The City will guarantee matching at least $2,500 of total donations received.

The “boulevard” is a set measurement of the city right-of-way from the center line of the street. Different streets in Mandan may have different “right-of-way” measurements. Keep in mind that this right-of-way is measured irrespective of any sidewalk along the street. As a result, the boulevard or right-of-way may extend well beyond the sidewalk toward the house or building. This is especially true if the sidewalk is directly adjacent to the street. Any trees planted within this right-of-way may be eligible for a partial monetary reimbursement from the City of Mandan.

The resident or property owner is responsible for the purchase and planting of the trees. See a list below of the tree varieties allowed for boulevard plantings. If you have questions, contact the Forestry Department at 667-3240. **SPECIAL NOTE** Before these boulevard trees are planted, a permit must be obtained from the Forestry Department to verify that an acceptable tree species is planted with the proper spacing. This permit is free of charge.

Once the tree (or trees) has been planted, and the forester has inspected the site, the Mandan resident or property-owner may be reimbursed for the partial cost of each tree. Reimbursement to the purchaser will be half the price of the tree, up to $50. The limit is $300 per property for 2021, as funding permits. Submit a copy of your original sales receipt for the tree purchase (the receipt needs to show the species of trees purchased, the cost for each tree, and the name of the company from which they were purchased) mail your receipts to the Forestry Department, 411 6th Avenue SW, Mandan ND 58554. Copies of original sales receipts must be mailed to the Forestry Department within 30 days of the date of purchase. The Forestry Department will reimburse you accordingly. The rebate comes in the form of a check from City Hall in downtown Mandan.

There has been excellent participation in the program, and funds are usually available for the entire planting season from April through October. Since 2017, roughly 300 trees have been planted in city boulevards through the program! 

U.S. Dept of Agriculture Forest Service Tree Owner's Manual - National Edition
Arbor Day Foundation Tree Planting & Care tips

Winter is a Great Time to Prune Trees - in this video, NDSU Extension Forester Joe Zeleznik explains why winter is a great time to prune, or trim, trees, the proper way to prune trees, and more. 

Pruning Trees & Shrubs - University of Minnesota Extension

Basic Guidelines for Pruning Trees & Shrubs



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