About Conservation Trees
Conservation Trees benefit both people and animals. They shade and shelter homes, reduce soil erosion, protect crops and livestock, provide food and cover for wildlife, buffer noise, provide valuable products and add beauty to our landscape.
Nebraska has a proud history of planting trees. Since settlement, millions of trees have been planted in Nebraska. Arbor Day, an international holiday, was started in Nebraska.
This tree planting tradition continues today. Each year, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) help landowners plant more than a million trees in the state.
Nebraska’s NRDs offer a variety of trees and shrubs for conservation purposes. This site describes common trees and shrubs sold by NRDs. Each NRD administers its own tree program, so available species may differ from district to district. Check with your local NRD for the species they offer.
Accompanying each species description is an information box and map, which indicate the vegetative zones the tree is best suited for, the average height of the tree at 20 years and maturity, and the suggested row spacing for planting.
Soil characteristics are another important consideration when deciding what type of tree or shrub to plant. While helping to determine which trees are best for your site, your NRD or NRCS technician will refer to NRCS “Soil Suitability Groups” for conservation trees and shrubs. By following the soil suitability recommendation, technicians can help you pick trees that should thrive in your particular soil conditions.
For more than 30 years, Nebraskans have benefited from a strong, locally-accountable system of natural resources management that protects the lives, property and the future of Nebraska’s natural resources.
Nebraska’s NRDs, created in 1972, are unique in the nation. The NRD concept is based on watershed basins instead of artificial political boundaries such as county lines. They are equipped to deal with a broad range of natural resources issues. The result has been a wide variety of innovative projects and programs, uniquely tailored for the areas they serve.
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) provides administrative services, legislative representation, and statewide communication and coordination to the 23 independent districts. For more information about Nebraska’s unique NRD system, contact NARD at (402) 471-7670 or visit www.nrdnet.org.
Nebraska Forest Service
The NFS strongly supports the Conservation Trees for Nebraska programs administered by Nebraska's NRDs. NFS foresters are stationed all across the state to provide forestry technical assistance to help landowners plant and/or manage their tree resources. Visit www.nfs.unl.edu for more information.
Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the federal agency responsible for the conservation of natural resources on private lands. Working in partnership with Natural Resources Districts, State conservation agencies, Tribes, and many other partners, NRCS assists private land users in the development and implementation of conservation plans that promote a healthy and sustainable environment. Visit www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov for more information, and see their Conservation Tree Planting Cost-Share Programs factsheet (PDF).