Bozeman forestry program sprouts idea to nurture ‘city forest’

Posted at 3:13 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 18:18:58-04

BOZEMAN – A program to help beautify the City of Bozeman, planting more trees across the area, returns this week.

The city’s Cost Share Program aims to do just that, with the goal of maintaining a healthy urban forest by providing a selection of trees for homeowners in town to buy.

And that’s at a shared cost.

The city’s Forestry Division says trees must be planted in the boulevard space between the sidewalk and the curb — with responsibilities going to the buyer to take care of them after they are planted.

That’s taken care of by the city, which planted 175 trees last year in the program.

“We’re planting for diversity. We want residents involved with our boulevard trees,” says Alex Nordquest, Forestry Division manager for the City of Bozeman. “There’s shared maintenance involved there. We want residents watering them and maintaining moulter(ings) and contacting our forestry staff for anything else.”

The forestry division manager says anyone with growth problems or anything else can contact his staff — who can help.

You can find out where to find the application by visiting the program’s web page.

Reporting by Cody Boyer for MTN News