City News Room

Winter Header

Forestry Department to Begin Firewood Inspections on Wednesday, April 3

City law prohibits storing or transporting elm wood with bark attached


In an effort to manage the spread of Dutch elm disease, the Fargo Forestry Department will begin inspecting firewood at homes around the city on Wednesday, April 3.

Forestry Department inspectors may need to access private property to complete this process. They will attempt to make contact with a resident at the property, identify elm firewood by marking it with paint and provide a notice to the property owner. To dispose of logs containing bark, place them on the boulevard for pickup by Friday, April 19, and notify the Forestry Department at 701.241.1465.

Dutch elm disease destroyed just over 200 elm trees in Fargo last year. Fargo City Ordinance 19-0201 prohibits storing or transporting elm wood with bark attached. To use elm as firewood, all bark must be removed. Residents’ cooperation will help manage the fight against Dutch elm disease.

The citywide inspection process is expected to take approximately one week to complete. For more information, residents are encouraged to contact the Forestry Department at 701.241.1465 or online at