The 14th annual Gretna Tree Talk will be held April 13 at Thomas Elementary School, 11221 Northridge Drive.

The event — hosted by the Gretna Arbor Society and sponsored by the Nebraska Arborists Association — is free, though attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for donation to the Gretna Neighbors food pantry.

The program schedule is as follows:

7:45 to 8:15 a.m. — Registration

8:15 to 8:30 a.m. — Opening remarks by Jim Keepers, chairperson of the Gretna Arbor Society

8:30 to 9 a.m. — “Chemical Trespass is a Growing Concern” by Justin Evertson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Green Infrastructure Coordinator

9 to 9:30 a.m. — “Nutty About Nut Trees” by Justin Evertson, NSA Green Infrastructure Coordinator

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. — “The Future of Our Community Forests is in the Great Plains” by Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Program Leader, Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscapes

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. — Break, refreshments served

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. — Learning the Skills of Fruit Tree Pruning by David Lott, Nebraska Extension Educator, Horticulture

11:45 to noon — Closing remarks, door prizes

Extension Douglas-Sarpy Counties and Master Gardeners can receive 3 CEUs for attending this talk.

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