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Christmas Decorations


Completed Red Decoration


Each year the city Forestry Division hangs the downtown "spiders" with help from a local private tree company, a crane service, the city Sign Department, and the Bozeman Fire Department. Santa makes his official appearance during the annual Christmas Stroll to flip the switch and light up Main Street for the holidays!

Main street intersections not decorated with the large "spiders" are adorned with wreaths, attached to signal posts by Forestry personnel. The division hangs holiday lights at the Story Mansion on South Willson Avenue and decorates the two large spruce trees in Soroptimist Park.


Educational Outreach

The Forestry Division is always willing to help with education and training. We give demonstrations for students and other groups wanting to learn about trees and their benefits. We collaborate with local arborists and educators at MSU. Our Tree Advisory Board helps us with public awareness and education and our annual Arbor Day Celebration.

Educational Outreach - Tree Worker Academy 1    Educational Outreach - Tree Worker Academy 2

 Regional trainers and the Bozeman Fire Department helping us with Rescue Training at Lindley Park.

Christmas Tree Recycling

As a courtesy service, the Forestry DivisionChristmas tree going into a wood chopper recycles post-holiday Christmas trees to be composted and used as organic cover at select sites.

  • Trees will be recycled into a natural compost/mulch. Please remove ALL ornaments, lights, wire, twine, etc.
  • Please DO NOT cut the tree into smaller pieces! Whole trees are more easily managed by our equipment.
  • Wreaths and garlands are not accepted. We cannot chip this material for mulch. Please dispose of these items properly.
  • This is a service for Bozeman residents, NOT for commercial disposal of leftover inventory.



  • Gallatin County Regional Park - Entrance on Oak St.
  • BMX Park (on Tamarack) - Entrance on Tamarack St.
  • Christie Fields (on Mason Street) - Entrance on E Mason St.
  • Softball Complex (lower parking lot on Haggerty Lane) - Entrance on Haggerty Lane

Please call us at 582-3225 if you have any questions or concerns.

Alley Clearance

Forestry staff work with the Solid Waste Division on scheduled alley clearings.

Residents are responsible for maintaining vegetation from private properties. Trees, shrubs and hedges must be kept clear of alleys up to 14' in height. Encroaching vegetation that has been deemed a public nuisance or hazard will be referred to Code Compliance (BMC Sec. 16.05.340).

Resident maintaining alley vegetation

A well-maintained hedge kept clear of the alley by the homeowner.


* Forestry staff does not collect brush/yard waste from private property.

If you have any questions on Alley Clearance, contact Alex Nordquest (City Forester) at 582-3225.