January 29, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Gift of Trees Comes to Lexington City Hall Oct. 21 Thanks to Central Platte Natural Resources District

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is
donating a tree to Lexington. CPNRD is planting the tree on
the west side of City Hall, at the same time presenting a
professional tree-planting how-to demonstration. Anyone
interested in learning tree planting is invited to attend.

In celebration of 150 years of Arbor Day and 50 years of
Nebraska Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska City Tourism
& Commerce has partnered with various NRDs throughout the
state to gift a tree to every county over the course of the next

“On the first Arbor Day in 1872, one million trees were
planted across Nebraska,” said Tammy Partsch, Tourism &
Promotions Coordinator for Nebraska City Tourism &
Commerce. “Those early citizens saw the value of the new
tree planting holiday and it’s time Nebraska City, as the home
of Arbor Day Founder J. Sterling Morton, thanks them for

The partnership, called the “Gift of Trees,” includes the
CPNRD. Tree plantings are scheduled in Buffalo, Dawson,
Hall, and Merrick Counties on Friday, October 21. The first
planting will be of a Sterling Linden at Lexington City Hall at
9 a.m.

“Gifting trees to counties throughout the Central Platte NRD commemorates the
anniversaries and signifies our commitment to tree planting efforts in central Nebraska,”
said Marcia Lee, Central Platte NRD Information/Education Specialist. Nebraska’s NRDs
have sold more than 100 million conservation tree and shrub seedlings since 1972 for
windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife habitat and other conservation purposes – that is
about 50 trees for each Nebraskan.

Representatives from Nebraska City have been traveling Nebraska this fall with the Gift
of Trees statewide tree planting project. It will continue next spring. They are hopeful
to reach all 93 counties. In Lexington they will be joined by Lexington Tree Board
members, and Assistant City Manager Dennis Burnside, liaison to the Tree Board.

“The Lexington Tree Board recommends fall as a great time to plant trees,” said
Burnside. “This is perfect timing because this year we sadly had to remove a dying
silver maple on the west side of City Hall.”

The Gift of Trees project is supported by the Friends of Arbor Lodge Foundation and
Grimm’s Gardens of Nebraska City.

Source: Nebraska Regional News