City Forestry Department

Welcome to the City of New Brighton’s Forestry Department.  City crews plant, trim, prune and maintain thousands of trees, plants and shrubs.

The following topics are of general, local interest. Please note the accompanying links for more specific, scientific information.

2019 Fall Boulevard Tree Planting

Grow to Be a Large Tree (50 feet or more)

  • Heritage Birch
  • Royal Frost Birch
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Sunburst Honeylocust
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Quaking Aspen
  • Majestic Skies Oak
  • Swamp White Oak

Grow to Be a Small Tree (25 feet or less)

  • Amber Jubilee Ninebark
  • Crimson Cloud Hawthorn
  • Double Flowering Plum Tree
  • Japanese Lilac Tree
  • Nannyberry Tree
  • May Day Tree
  • Redbud MN Strain
  • Red Splendor Crabtree

Buying Firewood

Know what you are buying when dealing with sellers of firewood. A standard “cord” of wood will occupy a space of 128 cubic feet. The usual pile will measure 8 feet long, 4 feet  wide and 4 feet high allowing, of course, for empty space between larger pieces. The actual amount of wood of such a “wellpiled” cord will be 90 to 110 cubic feet. A “firewood cord” or “rick” of wood will measure about 1/3 of a standard cord or 30 to 36 cubic feet of actual wood. Remember firewood is sold by volume. Know how to multiply length x width x height of a prospective pile to determine how much you are actually buying.

Proper Pruning of Trees

Proper trimming of trees involves carefully making finishing cuts outside the “branch” collar as shown in the illustration. This method is called “target pruning.” Also important is the timing of the pruning activity. Many species of trees have preferred trimming periods. In general, it is best to avoid pruning most trees in the spring and early fall. Dormant pruning in late winter appears to be the best time. Oak trees should never be trimmed April through October because of the danger of oak wilt spread. Trimming during wet or rainy weather should likewise be avoided. It’s important to know what you are pruning, when to prune, and how to make the correct cuts on the tree.

Licensed Tree Contractors

Elm and Diseased Oak Firewood Restrictions

A quarantine on improper storage of any elm wood with intact bark and diseased red oak is enforced in New Brighton from April 15 to October 15. This is an important measure against Dutch elm and oak wilt diseases. Any such wood kept during this time must be debarked. Additionally, diseased red oak wood can be sealed with a thick poly wrap during the period April 15 to July 1 of the year after the tree’s death. For information, call 651-638-2065.

Additional Forestry Resources

Useful Links

Community Center/Fitness Center Hours

Monday-Friday      6 am-10 pm
Saturday  8 am-10 pm
Sunday 8 am-6 pm

Eagles Nest Hours

Monday-Saturday 9 am-8 pm
Sunday 11 am-5 pm

Holiday/ Special Event Hours


Community Center

Eagles Nest

New Year’s Day    8 am-10 pm    9 am-8 pm
Easter    Closed    Closed
Memorial Day    Closed    Closed
Private Rental    6 am-9 pm    9 am-3 pm
Independence Day   Closed   Closed
Labor Day   Closed   Closed
Sept 8-11   Closed   Closed
Thanksgiving   Closed   Closed
Christmas Eve   Closed   Closed
Christmas Day   Closed   Closed
New Year’s Eve   6 am-4 pm   9 am-3 pm