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Getting Your Permit Before Tree Planting

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The number of trees in Bismarck is multiplying almost as fast as the number of new faces.
The city is helping some homeowners pay for those trees.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.

A quick stroll and a splash of paint is all it takes to get the official OK to plant your tree.
(Beth Peske / Bismarck City Forestry) "We permit about 250 properties and that can go up to about 400 trees per year."
Planting with Partners is a program that helps residents pay for the trees they plant in the city right of away.
Sponsors in our community donate money to the city.
The City then matches those funds.
(Beth Peske / Bismarck City Forestry) "So when a homeowner plants a tree, we are able to reimburse up to 60 dollars back per tree, and we can't exceed 50% of the tree cost."
Last year more than 8000 dollars was given back to tree planters. 
(Beth Peske / Bismarck City Forestry) "With the growth that's happening in Bismarck, definitely coming out to all these new developments keeping busy with permitting trees."
(Sarah Gustin / "Peske says they like the tree centered in the boulevard and at least 10 feet away from a driveway."
(Beth Peske / Bismarck City Forestry) "We just want to make sure that the homeowner plants the tree properly. We don't want issues in the long run, where they are planted too close to driveways, curb stops, property lines. We just want to be able to help the homeowner to make sure the tree is a long lived healthy tree."
Peske says you can't plant in the boulevard without your official permit.
She recommends making your request at least a week in advance.

Peske says reimbursements are available on a first come first serve basis.


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