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Tree Care Workshops focus on essentials for the green industry

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The 2009 Tree Care Workshops offered in North Platte, Hastings, Norfolk and Lincoln in March will offer members of the green industry the opportunity to hear the latest in current and emerging issues in tree care.

"This will be an excellent follow-up training given this past year of severe weather. Communities are working to replace trees which were removed, prune those trees which have been damaged and care for remaining the trees by understanding insect and disease threats," said Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service community forestry program leader.

The day-long workshops will be offered March 10 at North Platte Community College in North Platte, March 11 at Central Community College in Hastings, March 17 at Northeast Community College in Norfolk or March 18 at Antelope Park in Lincoln. Each workshop offers five presentations made by Nebraska forestry professionals.

Topics include: The Right Way the First Time on Soils, Roots and Planting; Matching the Tree to the Planting Site; Common Conifer Problems; Retraining Your Tree After the Storm; and Outdoor Concurrent Sessions: Design, Placement and Plating Solutions as well as Identifying Problems and Pruning Solutions.

The workshops are developed specifically for public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery professionals and others in the green industry.

Participants can earn Continuing Education Units from the International Society of Arboriculture and Nebraska Arborists Association for attendance at the workshops.

For more information, contact Chip Murrow at 402-472-1382, e-mail jmurrow2@unl.edu for Hastings, Lincoln and Norfolk or Rachel Allison at 308-696-6718, e-mail rallison1@unl.edu for North Platte.

Registration is $40 per person ($30 for students, master gardeners, tree board volunteers, ReTree ambassadors and NAA, NNLA and ISA members) if postmarked by March 3. A $10 fee will be added to walk-ins and registrations postmarked after March 3. Registration fee includes lunch, refreshments and workshop materials.

Information about the 2009 Tree Care Workshops, including a registration form, also is online at www.nfs.unl.edu and from your Nebraska Forest Service district forester by visiting www.nfs.unl.edu/NFSdistricts.asp.

Completed registration form and check payable to the Nebraska Forest Service Tree Care Workshops can be sent to Jean Paff, Nebraska Forest Service, 103 Entomology Hall, P.O. Box 830815, Lincoln, NE 68583-0815.

The Tree Care Workshops are held in cooperation with North Platte Community College, Northeast Community College and Central Community College and are sponsored by the Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Nebraska Arborists Association and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.



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