Nebraska is the original home of Arbor Day, and festivities have been in full swing for a week.
On Friday, the event is officially celebrated as a state holiday. And this weekend a full slate of fun activities is planned in Nebraska City, where the holiday originated
At the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, workers package young trees for shipping across the nation. Spring is prime time for shipping out trees, and the Arbor Day Foundation expects to mail 1.7 million trees between now and early May.
In Lincoln, a more sobering event was held Wednesday. Ash trees were wrapped in green ribbons to remind people of how fundamental that species is to the state’s canopy — it’s expected that most of Nebraska’s ash will disappear in the decades ahead as an infestation of emerald ash borer moves through.