LENRD, Black Hills Energy Promote Arbor Day Tree Plantings

NORFOLK – Officials with the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District announced their tree-planting program earlier this month as Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated on the last Friday of April.

According to a release from LENRD, Nebraska is the birth state of the 148th Anniversary of Arbor Day and it’ll be celebrated Friday, April 24.

Tree seedlings will be available for purchase Friday in celebration of Arbor Day, at the Maskenthine Lake Recreation Area (north of Stanton). From Norfolk, the lake is located 10 miles east on highway 275 and then two miles south on Ridge Road. Signs will direct you to the LENRD Tree Distribution Center (approximately 2 miles north of Stanton).

The center will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Arbor Day (Friday) and seedlings must be purchased in bundles of 25. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LENRD officials will be using a drive-thru lane for tree purchase and pickup at the distribution center.

Contact the LENRD office if you have questions about the trees or if you need further assistance. A list of trees available for purchase will be listed on the LENRD’s website at www.lenrd.org

Also, Black Hills Energy is giving away more than 1,000 free trees offered through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees Initiative. Planting a tree is a great way to spend time while social distancing as limited supplies were available to be reserved beginning April 22. These free two-to four-foot trees are shipped to qualified homes.

According to BHE, trees conserve energy of up to 30% through summer shade and slowing cold winter winds. Visit www.arborday.org/blackhillsenergy then map your house, find your savings and reserve your free tree.