forest in nebraska
Workshops & Events
The Nebraska Forest Service is celebrating the state's entrepreneurs during its annual "Forest Festival" at Horning State Farm near Plattsmouth on October 27th, 2018.

We are highlighting the women and men who utilize trees and forest products to provide goods and services in our communities. Join the Nebraska Forest Service as it celebrates Nebraska’s growers, producers, and artisans during national forest products week. Vendors from around the area will be on hand showcasing and selling their locally-produced products. The Hop Yard will also be on hand, offering specialty cocktails and pints for purchase. For the eager forest enthusiast, there will also be two a half-day workshops on managing high-quality timber for top value and how to grow your own hazelnuts for personal or commercial use.

Tentative list of events
Walnut Management and Harvest Workshop (9 AM – 12 PM)
Registration is requested and only one workshop can be attended.
Limit of 30. 
Beginners Hazelnut Workshop (9 AM – 12 PM) 
Registration is requested and only one workshop can be attended.
Limit of 30. 
Marketplace (10 AM – 4 PM)
Vendors will be showcasing and selling their locally produced products.
Cash is preferred as cell reception is spotty. 
Nature-palooza (11 AM – 2 PM)
Activities and educational events hosted by a variety of UNL groups and area nonprofits. 
Appropriate for all ages!
Beer garden and food (11 AM – 3 PM)
Provided by The Hop Yard
Hiking trails open all day (8 AM - 4 PM) 
Trail maps will be available at the check-in tent.
All trails are rated easy to moderate. 


Black Walnut Timber Management & Harvest

Nebraska’s eastern hardwood forests are home to a significant walnut timber resource. While high-value timber production remains a viable management strategy, it is necessary to understand the importance of active timber management in order to capture the highest value of the walnut resource. Additionally, improving forest health and sustainability play a key role in producing high-quality timber and ensuring a timber resource for the future. The Walnut Timber Management and Harvest Workshop focuses on active timber management and opportunities to improve the health, quality, and sustainability of Nebraska’s walnut timber resource.

Beginner Hazelnut Cultivation Workshop

Are you interested in growing your own hazelnuts but don’t know how? This Beginner Hazelnut Cultivation Workshop will cover the basics of hazelnut cultivation and includes both classroom time and a field tour. Classroom topics will cover plot design, plant establishment, plot maintenance, nut harvesting, and processing.