More trees please! NFS plans tree care workshops

Tree care workshops are planned March 28 and 29 in Lincoln and Omaha, respectively.
Tree care workshops are planned March 28 and 29 in Lincoln and Omaha, respectively.

Are you a fan of all things trees? The Nebraska Forest Service will host a tree care workshop March 28 in Lincoln covering a range of topics presented by expert staff, nursery professionals, arborists, and other knowledgeable Nebraska tree professionals.

Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Interested participants can register online through March 26.

The Lincoln workshop will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 O St. A second workshop is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 in Omaha at the National Park Service Midwest Regional Office, 601 Riverfront Dr.


  • The Value of Trees: Why We Care (or should care). Most people like trees and yet canopy continues to decline in many of our communities. This session will remind us how important trees are while summarizing some of the challenges trees face in the community forest.
  • Green Industry & Wood Utilization Perspectives
  • Nursery, arborist and wood utilization professionals will cover some of the rewards and challenges they face in providing trees, managing them and utilizing those that have died.
  • Tree Health (or lack thereof): A myriad of tree health concerns will be summarized including emerging diseases and insect pests and the growing concern of herbicide damage.
  • Some of Our Favorite Trees: Over 200 species of trees grow in Nebraska and yet less than 20 species dominate our planted forests. A few tree huggers will highlight some of their favorite trees with the goal of improving tree diversity.
  • Nebraska’s Champion Tree Program: Big trees naturally catch our attention. This presentation will cover some of the big trees in Nebraska and explain how Nebraska’s champion tree program works.
  • Optional Outdoor Activity: Come outside (weather permitting) to see how a potential tree champion is measured in Lincoln or to help evaluate street trees planted in Omaha.

Organizers and presenters include Justin Evertson, Graham Herbst, Laurie Stepanek and Eric Berg of Nebraska Forest Service, in addition to nursery professionals and arborists.

Audience participation will be encouraged. Please come prepared to share thoughts and opinions.

Courtesy to the School of Natural Resources

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