Nebraska Forest Service


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Published by Nebraska Forest Service


The Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) has served the communities of Nebraska since the beginnings of the Federal Urban and Community Forestry program in 1976. Since that time, the NFS has worked actively with well over half of the state’s 534 cities and villages. In addition, NFS foresters have done public tree inventories, resource assessments and management plans for 175 of those communities. The NFS endeavors to provide the best and most recent technical forestry and arboricultural information to help communities manage their tree resources. Community tree resources are assets that need to be managed and cared for just as any other part of the community infrastructure (lights, water, sanitation, etc.). Decisions concerning the management of these resources need to be based on science and sound technical information. This handbook has been developed to provide a base for these kinds of decisions and activities.