Just look up.
Though our state's forestry roots were planted in our shelter belts, trees provide myriad benefits to us, our neighborhoods and our cities. They reduce our energy costs, protect us from harsh weather, increase our property value, filter our natural water systems, and make our world a more beautiful place.
Lincoln alone has more than 100,000 city-owned trees in need of care, and more than 94 square miles of space to plan for. Factor in growing pest pressures from around the globe — think the emerald ash borer — and regional and community forestry becomes one of the fastest-growing career fields in the state, nation and world.
It’s why we're bringing back the forestry degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, this time with an emphasis on regional and community forests.
At the School of Natural Resources, we’ll do more than educate students in community forestry; we’ll prepare them to be leaders in the industry. Our students will graduate ready to strategize tree management and planning, inform policy and address natural resource challenges including invasive pests and climate change.
Tree Huskers in Action
Students in our forestry courses get up, get out and look up because the best way to learn is to do. You can regularly spot them measuring tree height and trunk circumference, climbing trees or using chainsaws.
Tree of the Month
1.5- to 3-inch leaflets are nearly circular in shape with toothed edges
Bark is smooth white or green when young and turns dark gray with ridges and furrows as it ages
Leaves turns yellow in fall
Grows up to 65 feet
Work With Us
To develop the Regional and Community Forestry degree, we’ve partnered with the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at Nebraska, with support from the Nebraska Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
But we also are a partner with the City of Lincoln, where we serve on the urban forestry advisory board, contributing to the community in which we live.
That desire to give something back, to be a part of something bigger, is a must. We look forward to future collaboration efforts with partners near and far.