There are 470,000 acres of community forests in the state. Jessica Kelling is the coordinator for ReTree Nebraska and says they were planted by previous generations who understood the long-term benefits they would provide. Now it is time to look to the future and do the same for generations yet to come by taking part in ReTree Week, September 18th through the 24th.
Kelling says fall is the perfect time to plant a tree. The root system really takes off and they are as important as other parts of the tree.
Over the last 30 years, many communities have seen a 10 to 50-percent loss in canopy cover due to drought, pests, disease and lack of generational tree planting. It takes between 20 to 50 years for a large canopy cover to develop so this project is geared to help future generations.
Kelling says in Nebraska, there are a number of “Greener Nebraska Towns” who are partner communities with the campaign. They include Scottsbluff, Chadron, North Platte, Hastings, Grand Island, Fremont and Bellevue. Communities state-wide are taking part in ReTree Nebraska events through the end of the year.
ReTree Nebraska is a 10-year cooperative initiative to raise public awareness of the value of trees. Their goal is to plant and maintain one-million new trees by 2017.