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Mike Repas stops for a quick night's rest in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana.
A path for planting

For most people, finishing a masters’ degree is a major feat in itself. Mike Repas had just finished his third. Pair that with working a full-time job for an industrial supply company, and it was safe to say he was ready for a change of pace.

“To put it politely, I was absolutely burnt out,” Repas laughed.

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What is Biochar?

Interest in biochar over the last several years has grown substantially in Nebraska. With established markets in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Southeast Asia, each year brings an uptick of producers and end-users. So what is biochar, anyway?

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The business end of eastern redcedar

If you keep an ear to the ground on the health of Nebraska’s grasslands, there is no doubt you have heard about eastern redcedar. Generations of ranchers and farmers tapped redcedar for everything from fence posts to windbreaks. Yet, within the last five years, this Nebraska native has started to catch serious flak.

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Fire Danger Map

This year, the Nebraska Forest Service partnered with the National Weather Service to address technological gaps in the fire danger map. Over the last few years, the NFS heard from many fire chiefs that the map was a valuable asset for issuing burn permits. However, as technology advanced so did the issue of compatibility.

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Celebrate Arbor Day
When J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day back in 1872, his idea was simple—set aside a special day for tree planting. And today, that idea is more important than ever.

Among the pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton from Detroit. He and his wife were lovers of nature, and the home they established in Nebraska was quickly planted with trees, shrubs and flowers.

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Historic eastern cottonwood in Burt County
Cottonwood's Roots Trace Back to Earliest Days of Burt County

It is not often you find living relics of Nebraska’s settlement days. We renovate main streets and preserve historic buildings, sure. But we are not always able to find things that have stood the test of time—in this case over 160 years. However, one eastern cottonwood south of Decatur proved to be that and much more—thanks largely to the detailed records of one of Burt County’s earliest families.

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Picture of volunteers and NFS staff planting at the 2017 Horning Farm Field Day
Less weeds, more WOW at Horning Farm

Here's a snapshot from a garden design demonstration put on as part of Horning Farm Field Day last September near Plattsmouth, Nebraska. This event, hosted by the Nebraska Forest Service at its easternmost research forest, was a chance for the public and green industry professionals to learn the latest in tree and landscape news.

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Finding the right Christmas tree for your home

It's that time of year! We asked asked Rural Forestry Program Leader John DuPlissis for his advice on finding the perfect tree for your holiday celebrations!

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Accomplishments at Horning State Farm Demonstration Forest

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Spider Mite Outbreak in Juniper and Cedar
A closeup view of the spider mite's web.There are several factors that can cause an increase in mite populations. Before treatment, keep in mind that mites can build resistance to some products.


By: Jennifer Morris, Forest Health Specialist
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