Forestry

Welcome to the City of New Brighton’s Forestry Department! 

Did you know City crews plant, trim, prune and maintain thousands of trees, plants and shrubs?

   

  

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2020 Boulevard Tree Planting Information

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 Small Tree (25 feet or less)                               

  • Blue Beech   
  • Crimson Cloud Hawthorn (out of stock)
  •  Ironwood
  • Japanese Lilac (out of stock)
  • May Day (out of stock)

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

  • Bigtooth Aspen
  • Ginkgo Biloba (out of stock)
  • Heritage Birch
  • Kentucky Coffeetree “Espresso” (seedless) (out of stock)
  • Northern Red Oak (out of stock)
  • Planetree “Exclamation” (less seeds) (out of stock)
  • Royal Frost Birch
  • Sunburst Honeylocust
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Swedish Aspen (columnar)
  • White Oak

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Additional Forestry Resources
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.

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.

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.

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

Residents who suspect they or a neighbor has EAB should call Jim Veiman Park Maintenance-Forester at 651-638-2065.

Contractors agree to a lowered price for treating the ash trees for the residents of New Brighton.

  • Precision Tree Care    651-243-8665
  • YTS Companies    612-331-1133


Since 2010 the City of New Brighton has treated boulevard and selected park ash trees for emerald ash borers (EAB) following the recommended treatment guidelines. 

In November of 2013, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed the discovery of ash trees infested with EAB on residential property in the City of New Brighton.  Because EAB is a serious invasive pest, a quarantine was placed on Ramsey County to slow the spread of EAB to other areas.

The City took preventive steps to establish criteria for contractors treating EAB.  The criteria ensures residents receives services from a competent contractor at a fair price.  Contractors needs to be in business for at least 5 years and agrees to charge no more than $6.25 per diameter inch per tree (with a $100 minimum charge).


The City’s forestry website provides specific information on what services the contractor agrees to and what the property owner can expect from the contractor.  Click for more information about Ash Trees.