The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will mark Arbor Day by planting trees on April 26 and 27 on City and East campuses, respectively. Both are open to the public.
Landscape Services will be planting a Green Mountain sugar maple just south of Love Library on April 26th at 11:00 am. Speakers include Eileen Bergt, landscape architect at Landscape Services; Mike Zeleny, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance; and Logan Donahoo, Arbor Day Foundation.
A Dakota Pinnacle birch will be planted on April 27 at 1:00 p.m. in the birch/aspen area at the Maxwell Arboretum. The area is on the west side of the College of Dentistry parking lot. Speakers include Bergt; Ron Yoder, Associate Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources; John Erixson, Nebraska Forest Service; and Ted Hartung, Friends of the Maxwell Arboretum.
Both plantings are free and open to the public. All participants have the opportunity to shovel earth to cover tree roots.
Arbor Day in Nebraska is celebrated on the last Friday of April – April 28 this year. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska and was officially proclaimed by Governor Robert Furnas in 1874 and became a public holiday in Nebraska in 1885. Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states.
“Whenever I walk past a tree that was planted for Arbor Day, I always think that was an Arbor Day tree and I helped plant it,” said Eileen Bergt, landscape architect at Landscape Services.
The university has been committed to maintaining and expanding its tree population for a long time. In 2008, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was one of the first nine universities to receive a Tree Campus USA designation, an honor it has maintained for 14 years. Learn more about the university’s robust tree management program.