NEBRASKA CITY – The founder of the Arbor Day Foundation was among those packing the lobby of the Lied Lodge Conference Center Thursday to mark the facility’s 25th year in Nebraska City.
John Rosenow said it’s rewarding to see the 25 years of success and collaboration the center represents.
Rosenow: “It’s a real combination of things, the beautiful building, the fabulous service that the team members provide, the conservation aspects here, the fuelwood heating and cooling, to many of the fireplaces that provide real heat to many other features that are incorporated, and, the heritage of the place, having the home of Arbor Day as the place where it’s located.”
Rosenow: “I was just here a couple weeks ago with a national conference supporting the creation of nature explore outdoor classrooms and the combination of this great facility and the grounds, which lets people who are here as part of the conference, take a part of their day and tour the grounds and really be a part of the woods, the trees and the forest – that’s what it’s really all about – it’s really a matchless place.”
Rosenow: “Back 25 plus years, we saw the opportunity and the need to create a centrally-located conference center for the conservation community broadly. Arbor Day Foundation was then and continues to be a national leader in urban forestry. There are many, many other partners that interest for the nature conservancy to American rivers to folks working with childhood issues and the environment. Many, many needs for a place where people can come and be informed and inspired to have a meeting place dedicated to conservation and education just makes meetings better.”
Rosenow: “I have heard many wonderful things through the years of good conservation things, good education things, good planning activities taking place because of events that started the action here at Lied Lodge. That’s having an impact all over the nation. The community is a big part of that. We are so proud.”
Mayor Bryan Bequette said the center is a gem for the country.
Manager Denise Duvall said the center’s partnership with Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce has been great and continues to grow.
Duvall: “This is a starting point for many people and once they get out and about into our community they realize how much we have to offer.”
She said 25 years ago, Nebraska City citizens donated trees that were transplanted by tree spade to give the parking lot some shade. In return, she said, the center will now donate 25 trees to the city.