emerald ash borers

Sessions will focus on preparing for emerald ash borers, tree health and more.


The Great Plains can be a difficult place to grow trees. Tree care workshops scheduled across Nebraska in March will focus on some of the challenges.

Graham Herbst, community forester specialist for the Nebraska Forest Service, said this year’s sessions offer resources for anyone involved in tree care, including homeowners.

The sessions will focus on tree health; preparing for emerald ash borers; where, why and how to plant trees; a four-season guide to tree care; and selecting environmentally adapted trees.

The workshops are for landscape enthusiasts as well as public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, and nursery and green industry professionals.

The schedule:

» March 1: Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Bluestem Room, 4502 Ave. I, Scottsbluff.

» March 2: West Central Research and Extension Center, Snyder Classroom, 402 W. State Farm Road, North Platte.

» March 3: Lower Loup Natural Resource District, Meeting Room, 2620 Airport Drive, Ord.

» March 10: City Hall, Council Chambers, 1615 First Ave., South Sioux City.

» March 22: Hastings Community College, Dawson Building, Cedar and Fir Room, 550 S. Technical Blvd., Hastings.

» March 23: Jayne Snyder Trails Center, 228 N. 21st St., Lincoln.

» March 24: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and sessions end at 3:30 p.m. Registration costs $55, with lunch included. Some discounts are available. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, the workshops are partly funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery.

Information and the registration form are available at the Nebraska Forest Service website, nfs.unl.edu/tree-care-workshops. For more information, contact Herbst at 402-444-7875 or gherbst2@unl.edu.

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