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.

2020 Boulevard Tree Planting

Complementary tree for residents to place along roads and right of ways (you do not need a sidewalk!) of their property.

Grow to Be a Large Tree (50 feet or more) Grow to Be a Small Tree (25 feet or less)
Royal Frost Birch Blue Beech
Heritage Birch Ironwood
Ginkgo Biloba Crimson Cloud Hawthorn
Sunburst Honeylocust Japanese Lilac
Kentucky Coffeetree “Espresso” (seedless)
Planetree “Exclamation” (less seeds)
Bigtooth Aspen
Swedish Aspen (columnar)
White Oak
Swamp White Oak
Northern Red Oak

Prevent Emerald Ash Borer- treat your trees for $6.25 per diameter inch 

Contractors have agreed to a lowered price for treating the ash trees for the residents of New Brighton.
In November of 2013, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed the discovery of ash trees infested with emerald ash borers (EAB) on residential property in the City of New Brighton.  EAB is a serious invasive pest.  Consequently, quarantine has been placed on Ramsey County to slow the spread of EAB to other areas.
The City of New Brighton began treating boulevard and selected park ash trees for EAB in 2010 and continues to follow the recommended treatment guidelines.  
For the benefit of the residents, the City has taken preventive steps to establish criteria for contractors treating EAB.  The criteria will make sure residents will receive services from a competent contractor at a fair price.  For example, each contractor has been in business for a minimum of 5 years and has agreed to a per-tree charge of no more than $6.25 per diameter inch, with a $100 minimum charge.
The City’s forestry website provides specific information on what services the contractor has agreed to and what the property owner can expect from the contractor.  Visit In addition, citizens can access informational articles regarding EAB on the City’s forestry website.  Residents can also obtain a brief history of EAB, how it spreads, symptoms of EAB, what to look for in your ash trees, options for treating trees. 
Residents who suspect they or a neighbor has EAB should call Jim Veiman Park Maintenance-Forester at 651-638-2065.
Precision Tree Care    651-243-8665
YTS Companies    612-331-1133

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