Edible forest concept introduced during Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day-Edible Forest Concept-INstaIn celebration of the City of Williston’s 40th Arbor Day, Mayor Howard Klug introduced the future conceptual vision for the northeast corner of Harvest Hills Avenue and 32nd Street West – an edible forest!
This miniature orchard will include a variety of apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees, as well as a path and some seating and lighting.
Citizens will be welcome to enjoy the community space and fruit from the trees.
This concept was presented to the City by Williston resident, Mikhail Astvatsaturov, who drew inspiration and advice from a similar project in Fargo.
“It makes me happy to see the community taking part,” explained Astvatsaturov when asked what it was like to see his vision come to life. “That’s the biggest thing, getting community buy-in and hopefully it takes off more than here.”
The short Arbor Day program also included the presentation of a Tree City Award and flag by Beth Hill of the North Dakota Forest Service and the planting of two trees by Williston Public Works: a Honeycrisp Apple tree and a Patten Pear tree.
With two trees now planted, additional work on this project will continue throughout the summer of 2021.