The Great Plains is a difficult place to manage landscapes. Free workshops from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum address some of those challenges with presentations late November into December.
Afternoon sessions from 1-4 p.m. are aimed at professionals, public land managers and grant recipients. They will emphasize resource conservation, biodiversity, native plants, pollinator health, stormwater management, water conservation and community vitality. Workshop leader Justin Evertson said communities will learn about grant funding and other resources to improve and better manage local landscapes.
Evening sessions from 5-7 p.m. are aimed at homeowners and the general public, with ideas to improve home landscapes and the benefits they offer both personally and environmentally. Evertson encourages people to bring photos and questions for roundtable discussions and some “stump the experts” problems.
Workshops are scheduled for Nov. 29 at the Scottsbluff Public Library; Nov. 30 at the North Platte Public Library; Dec. 1 at the Grand Island Public Library; Dec. 7 in Columbus at Central Community College; Dec. 8 in Lincoln at the Jane Snyder Trail Center; and Dec. 9 in Omaha at Douglas-Sarpy County Extension.