September 18th - Workshop to Focus on Trees and Their Problems

Brown or discolored leaves and needles have many western Nebraska residents concerned about the health of their trees, and they want guidance from a trained professional. That's why the UNL Extension of Kimball-Banner Counties is sponsoring a "Coffee with a Forester" workshop Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon to help residents understand what is happening to the trees in their back yards and in their community.

The workshop will feature Nebraska Forest Service Western Forest Health Assistant Rachel Allison, who will discuss how to observe changes in trees and review possible insect and disease problems. It will be held at the Extension Office, 209 East Third in Kimball.

"We're seeing more widespread issues with all types of trees in the area," Allison said. "And we're getting calls about brown and dying leaves and needles from residents wondering what is wrong with their trees."

Residents may notice changes in their trees but not know what caused the changes or what to do about them. Others may notice dead branches in the canopy or discolored needles, wilting or thin foliage, brown, curled or yellowing leaves. A forester can help explain these changes, reassure residents and give them the information they need to feel more confident about caring for trees.

Most healthy trees can tolerate insect and disease attacks that cause minor damage, but when trees are stressed by drought or other factors many insects are attracted to the tree and can cause rapid decline. To help people understand how borers and other insects affect their trees, Allison will review what can lead to declining tree health.

Checking the soil throughout the year and watering when needed will help trees withstand Nebraska's weather extremes so they can continue to provide shade, beauty and shelter for many years to come.

To register for "Coffee with a Forester," contact Erika, 308-235-3122, by Sept. 16.

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As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....

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