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Tree proponents and experts meet in Chadron

September 26, 2013

The tree canopy north of the Chadron State College Flag Plaza on the Deans Green. The health of the ailing Champion Blue Spruce on the right side of the photo will be assessed at 11 a.m. Sept. 25. (Photo courtesy of Lucinda Mays) The tree canopy north of the Chadron State College Flag Plaza on the Deans Green. The health of the ailing Champion Blue Spruce on the right side of the photo will be assessed at 11 a.m. Sept. 25. (Photo courtesy of Lucinda Mays)

An all-day conference in Chadron Sept. 25 aims to help communities improve their planted landscapes. The Greener Nebraska Towns and ReTree Nebraska event includes presentations, demonstrations and tours.

The conference will take place at Chadron State College, Kenwood School and other sites throughout Chadron from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organizer Lucinda Mays encourages anyone responsible for the care of community landscapes to attend — elected officials, civic volunteers, city managers, utility professionals, green industry, groundskeepers, college and school personnel, economic development officials and park professionals.

The day begins with Nebraska’s First Lady, Sally Ganem, planting a tree with students at Kenwood School.

The ailing Champion Blue Spruce on the Dean's Green will be assessed at 11 a.m. during landscape tours in the morning. Lunch will be at the Sandoz Center.

Ganem will offer a welcome address, to be followed by a keynote presentation on the value of green infrastructure. Afternoon presentations will focus on sharing successes with Greener Nebraska Towns projects. 

See this related story for more information.

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