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Tree care workshop planned for Scottsbluff

Emerging issues in tree and landscape care will be the focus of the 2016 Western Tree Care workshops hosted by the Nebraska Forest Service in Scottsbluff and six other cities.

The Scottsbluff workshop is scheduled for March 1 in the Panhandle Research and Extension Center Bluestem Room. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon sessions conclude at 3:30 p.m. Other workshops are March 2 in North Platte, March 3 in Ord, March 10 in South Sioux City, March 22 in Hastings, March 23 in Lincoln, and March 24 in Omaha.

The full-day workshop is geared toward public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery and green industry professionals and landscape enthusiasts.

Cost of the workshop is $55. Discounts are available to Master Gardeners, tree board members, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum curators, and Nebraska Arborists Association, Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association and International Society of Arboriculture members.

Pre-registration on-line is strongly encouraged and can be done up until the day before the workshop. Mail-in registrations must be received at least a week before the workshop. Day-of-workshop registrations are welcome but are not guaranteed a meal.

Information and registration forms are online at the Nebraska Forest Service website at http://nfs.unl.edu/tree-care-workshops. For questions contact Amy Seiler, Community Forestry Specialist at 308-633-1173 or aseiler2@unl.edu.

The workshop schedule begins with sign-in at 8:30 a.m., and morning sessions run from 9 a.m. until noon. Morning topics include:

Tree Inventories: Hands-on instruction on doing an inventory (canopy by the numbers) with a focus on types of inventories and how to implement them; very basic tree identification for trees common to Nebraska communities; measuring trees; and assessing condition. Seiler said tree inventories are important because communities should know what kind of forest resources they have and how the health of their forest is faring.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB): The emphasis is on readiness and budgeting for this approaching pest, including removal of marginal ash before EAB; treatment options; wood waste and what to do with it; and planting and diversity post-EAB.

Planting with a Purpose: A lightning-round session on the where, why and how of tree-planting, including strategic planting locations; the case for large street trees; and how to grow healthy neighborhoods.

The afternoon session includes these topics:

Trees and the Four Seasons: Abiotic effects on trees through the seasons, including how a wet or dry spring affects trees; how trees respond to damage from late-spring freezes and blizzards; summer heat stroke in trees; fall leaf drop and watering; and the effects of early hard freezes on trees; how trees react to wide temperature shifts in winter; effects and prevention of coming out of dormancy too soon; sun scald; and overwintering of insects.

Environmentally Adapted Trees vs. Tree-adapted Environments: Selecting trees for both good and bad/tough sites; selecting trees for broader purposes.

Outreach for Arbor Day and Year-round Ideas for Arbor Day celebrations, resources and events… all year long and for all ages.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion of experts.

The workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, ReTree Nebraska and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

–UNL Extension


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