The organisation Stiftelsen Arboretum Norr was founded in 1975 through a collaboration between Umeå University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Umeå Municipality. The organisations three main goals can be seen in the bylaws:
- To gather knowledge about trees and bushes hardiness and growth for the purpose of selecting interesting species and varities for our northern climate.
- To spread dendrological knowledge to students and the public (dendrology = the science and study of woody plants).
- To build and operate an arboretum in Baggböle outside of Umeå which is both interesting and worth visiting.