Lower Elkhorn NRD promotes Arbor Day with tree sales

Lower Elkhorn NRD promotes Arbor Day with tree sales


NORFOLK -- J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, proposed to the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture "to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit." The State Board of Agriculture accepted this resolution in 1872 and the first "Arbor Day" was celebrated with more than 1,000,000 trees being planted on that day. Morton's idea of Arbor Day is now celebrated each year throughout the United States and in many other countries around the world. Morton said, "Other holidays repose on the past; Arbor Day proposes the future."

We traditionally celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April in Nebraska. The 142nd Anniversary of Arbor Day will be celebrated Friday, April 25th.

Being the birth state of Arbor Day, it's only appropriate that the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) promotes tree-planting programs each year. To celebrate Arbor Day the LENRD will have tree seedlings available for purchase on April 25th. Species and inventory are limited; however, the LENRD will have as many seedlings available as possible for those who want to plant a tree on Arbor Day. Those interested in purchasing trees on Arbor Day should go to Maskenthine Lake Recreation Area, north of Stanton. From Norfolk, the lake is located 10 miles east on highway 275 and then 2 miles south on Ridge Road. Signs will direct you to the LENRD Tree Distribution Center. The Center will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Arbor Day. Seedlings can be purchased in bundles of 25 for $23. Small acreage packages will also be available, 50 trees for $46.

LENRD Forester, Pam Bergstrom, said, "The drought has been very hard on trees across our district. Even if you lost trees in the last few years, it is so important to try again. Protecting the soil will continue to be a priority if we have another dry year." Contact Pam at the LENRD office if you have questions about your trees or if you need further assistance.

Bergstrom continued, "Plant a tree to protect your property and the future. Our parents did it for us, and we should return the favor for future generations."