The small, unique cabin was built with cross-laminated timber (CLT), but adorned with furniture constructed from locally-harvest redcedar wood. (Photo courtesy of Jason Griffiths)
A place for eastern redcedar

If you’re interested in studying nature, you can’t do much better than Cedar Point Biological Station (CPBS).

Owned and operated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1974, the site serves as a field research facility and experimental classroom for UNL students and staff. Cedar Point sits on the south edge of the Sandhills and the North Platte River Valley. It’s isolated, and more importantly – full of wildlife. The perfect environment for budding biologists.

“It’s really quite beautiful,” said Jason Griffiths, UNL Associate Professor of Architecture.

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Photo of emerald ash borer gallery in first-confirmed Lincoln case
Emerald ash borer confirmed in Lincoln

The emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture made the announcement on Tuesday, April 23rd after City of Lincoln workers detected EAB galleries while removing a tree inside of city limits. This marks the sixth official sighting in the state – including Omaha, Greenwood, and Fremont. EAB has been found in 35 states and five Canadian provinces.

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Jerred and Sam dropping off supplies in Hooper
Returning the favor
Jerred Berrner (left) and Sam Schumacher (right) of Dalton Fire & Rescue arrive in Hooper, Nebraska with supplies and donations for Winslow, Nebraska flood victims. 

As the old saying goes, “What goes around, comes around.”

That’s not always a bad thing. Just ask the community of Winslow, Nebraska.

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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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a small sample of biochar
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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