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Workshops focus on tree care and sustainability

Dan Moser
IANR News Service

The 2011 Tree Care Workshops offered in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Kearney, Norfolk, Omaha and Lincoln in March will address some of the challenges involved in growing trees and other landscape plants in Nebraska.

“It’s been a tough winter with lots of damaged trees, and there are some major disease and insect threats on the horizon. We’ve also found that communities are thinking more long-term about plant selection, landscape design and sustainability,” said Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service community forestry and sustainable landscapes program leader.

Tree Care Workshops will be offered from 8:30 to noon March 8 in Scottsbluff, March 9 in North Platte, March 10 in Kearney, March 15 in Norfolk, March 16 in Omaha and March 17 in Lincoln. The morning Tree Care Workshops will cover tree selection, landscape design and care and chlorosis management. In the afternoons, a Sustainable Landscape Workshop will focus on the creation and management of sustainable and waterwise landscapes.

The workshops are developed for public works employees, landscape managers/curators, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery professionals and related professionals from the green industry. Participants can earn Continuing Education Units from the International Society of Arboriculture and Nebraska Arborists Association for attending the workshops.

Registration is $30 per person per morning or afternoon session ($5 discount for students, master gardeners, tree board volunteers and NAA, NSA, NNLA and ISA members).

The workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Inc. They are partially funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and are held in cooperation with North Platte Community College and Northeast Community College. Information and registration forms are online at the Nebraska Forest Service website (nfs.unl.edu) and from your Nebraska Forest Service district forester (www.nfs.unl.edu/NFSdistricts.asp).

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Completed registration form and check payable to the Nebraska Forest Service Tree Care Workshops can be sent to Jean Paff, Nebraska Forest Service, 102 Forestry Hall, P.O. Box 830815, Lincoln, NE 68583-0815. For more information, contact Jessica Kelling at (402) 472-0220 or e-mail jkelling2@unl.edu.