Thanks to the Free Trees for Fall Planting program, an effort of the Nebraska Forest Service and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, the City of Bayard will be receiving 10 trees for the Park Beautification project.
The City of Bayard will be planting trees with the volunteer help of the Bayard Boy Scouts on September 22, 2021. The new trees will be to replace dying trees, lost trees due to the tornado, to help diversify our tree canopy and to make our parks more beautiful. The Transcript and Star-Herald will be covering the event and Chrissy Land our Community Forestry Specialist and Todd Filipi our Resource Conservation Coordinator will be present to give a tree planting presentation.
Despite providing a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits, most Nebraska community forest have been in steady and sometime dramatic decline. Many challenges contribute, including extreme weather, insects, disease and lack of diversity. The Emerald Ash borer is the latest major challenge added to the list.
In an effort to stop this decline and increase community forest resilience, the Free Trees program grants up to 10 high quality trees for tree-related educational events and community celebrations promoting trees and fall planting.
In addition to simply planting more trees, the program goals include increasing appreciation and awareness of the value of community forests in Nebraska. Special emphasis is placed on species diversity and higher impact projects, especially street tree planting and projects in neighborhoods of highest need.
Free Trees for Fall Planting is supported by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Trees for Nebraska Towns Initiative funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust.