• Walnut Street

    Newly completed Walnut Street project

  • Yankton 4th of July Fireworks

    Yankton's annual 4th of July fireworks show over the Missouri River.

  • Meridian Bridge

    Winter Scene

  • Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake

  • Jim River Bridge

    Jim River Bridge

  • Lake Area Trail

    Lake Area Trail

  • Meridian Bridge Moonlight

    Meridian Bridge Moonlight

  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

    Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

  • Walnut Street

    Walnut Street

  • Bragging Rights

    Bragging Rights

  • Downtown Streetscape

    Yankton's Downtown

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Missouri River Bluffs

  • 4th of July

    4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Riverside Park

    Riverside Park

  • Meridian Bridge Fog

    Meridian Bridge Fog

  • Meridian Bridge Winter

    Meridian Bridge Winter

  • Meridian Bridge Fall

    Yankton Meridian Bridge Fall

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake walking trails.

  • Rockin' Ribfest

    June 3-4

  • Yankton Marina

    Yankton Marina

  • Yankton Missouri River

    Yankton Missouri River

  • Fishing the Missouri

    Missouri River Yankton

  • Meridian Bridge

    Meridian Bridge

  • Ice Sailing

    Missiouri River Ice Sailing

  • Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

    Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

  • Missouri River Yankton

    Merry Christmas

  • Yankton Discovery Bridge

    Yankton Discovery Bridge

Urban Forestry

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parks_forestryThe City of Yankton’s Urban Forestry efforts have been recognized by the Tree City USA program and its sponsors, the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, every year since 1984. Yankton annually meets the four standards to become a Tree City USA community:
  1. have a tree board or department,
  2. have a tree-care ordinance,
  3. have a comprehensive community forestry program,
  4. and have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Yankton not only earns the Tree City USA recognition but realizes that trees:

  • Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
  • Moderate climate, conserve water, and provide vital habitat for wildlife.
  • Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.
  • Reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water.
  • Increase property values.
  • Reduce energy use for heating and cooling buildings.
  • Add beauty to home lots, commerical properties, parks, boulevards, and neighborhoods.

Documents and Links

  • March 2019 EAB update by Dr. John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist & South Dakota Department of Agriculture Forest Health Specialist

Do you have a question about the trees on your property which are in the public right-of-way along the street?

Lisa Kortan, Urban Forest Specialist 
1900 Ferdig Ave
PO Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078-0176
(605) 668-5231

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