Forest management

Eastern redcedar Forest Management and Silvicultural Prescription Guidelines

Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) is a medium-sized, evergreen, coniferous tree that is native throughout the eastern half of North America. The wide natural distribution of eastern redcedar demonstrates its adaptability and its ability to grow on a wide-range of soils and climatic conditions.

Although generally not considered to be an important commercial species, its wood is highly valued for posts, paneling and specialty furniture because of its beauty, durability, and workability. It is often used to make or line chests and drawers (as a moth repellent)

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Eastern Redcedar in Nebraska: Nebraska Conservation Roundtable

Eastern redcedar, Juniperus virginiana, is a native tree that has always been a fixture on the Nebraska landscape, providing valuable wood products, wind and soil protection, and habitat for a variety of species of wildlife. However, the rapid spread of cedar is an increasingly serious ecological and economic issue with substantial impacts statewide. 

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Fabric Mulch

Mulch fabric, sometimes referred to as “weed barrier” or "black plastic", has become a useful tool in establishing conservation tree plantings in Nebraska and across the Great Plains region. The material is a black polypropylene fabric with the appearance of tightly-woven burlap. It is recommended and used most heavily in locations with droughty soils and areas that receive 24 inches of precipitation or less per year. This fabric is intended to degrade within 5-10 years.

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Forestry Best Management Practices For Nebraska

Forests cover 947,000 acres in Nebraska. Other land with scattered tree cover, including narrow wooded strips along streams, windbreaks, and wooded pasture lands, occupies an additional 1,252,000 acres.* Managing Nebraska's forest lands can produce significant benefits without negative impacts; however, careless activities in woodlands can damage water re­sources, soils, wildlife habitat, aes­thetic values, and even the ability to produce future benefits.

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Herbicide Damage to Trees

Herbicides can be effective tools for controlling unwanted weeds in the landscape. However, in recent years, the Nebraska Forest Service has seen a significant increase in unintended herbicide damage to trees and other landscape plants. You can assist us in documenting damage across Nebraska. Please note the NFS is not a regulatory agency. 

Submit a damage report

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How to Manage Your Woodland

Nebraska's forest lands comprise less than 2 percent of the total land base in the state (718,300 acres). However, on an acre by acre comparison, woodlands provide more associ­ated benefits for society, the environment and our quality of life than most other land uses. With the vast diversity of benefits that are obtained from Nebraska's woodlands compared to the limited acreage they occupy, it is important to properly manage those acres for sustained health and continued benefits. 

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Inspecting Flood Damaged Trees

Even under the best of circumstances, half of a tree’s living tissue is under the soil and out of sight. Since the root system is the portion of a tree most adversely affected by flooding, signs of flooding damage in the canopy are usually delayed. As a guiding element, in a long-term flooding situation, you should expect that some level of damage has occurred to the root system as a result of low oxygen conditions. 

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Ponderosa Pine Forest Management and Silvicultural Prescription Guidelines

Ponderosa pine is an important forest species in the Niobrara Valley, Pine Ridge, and Wildcat Hills of Nebraska. It occurs in almost pure stands with no real associates. Ponderosa pine woodlands (open stands of trees and mixed-grass prairie, generally forming 25-60% cover) often occupy south- and west-facing slopes. While denser pine forests (trees with crowns overlapping, forming 60-100% cover) occupy north- and east-facing slopes and bottoms.

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Redcedar Utilization

Eastern redcedar management has become a topic of much discussion. Identifying utilization and wood products opportunities for redcedar wood will be key to increasing management and reducing its impact on the landscape.

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