PERU – The Nemaha Natural Resources District and Lourdes Central Catholic fourth graders took part in the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s “Fall Re-Tree Program” Wednesday at Duck Creek Lake.
NRD Field Representative Mark McDonald led a discussion with Kim Dorman’s class.
He explained the importance of planting the right tree for soil and other conditions. He questioned students about the value of trees and answered a multitude of questions about tree sizes and survivability.
The NRD received a grant through the Nebraska Environmental Trust to plant 10 landscape trees around the playground at the RV camping section of the park.
Trees are black oaks, bur oaks and the Shumard oak.
McDonald said state forestry experts recommend planting of the Shumard oak because it is a hardy tree that provides species variety among oaks. It is known for its fall color, large crown and success on upland soils.