NEBRASKA CITY – Nemaha NRD was on hand at Arbor Lodge to plant a Norway spruce for Arbor Day.

Norway spruce was the tree of choice to replace the original Norway spruce which was planted in 1871 in the same location. The original tree, which was planted by the Morton family, tipped over due to straight-line winds in December.

Landscape and horticulture director at the Arbor Day Foundation, Brad Kindler, said “now is the time to put that tree back in the ground.”

Kindler: “We hope that our ancestors and those who come after us will appreciate the tree just as we appreciate the Norway spruce that the Mortons planted.”

Norway spruce can survive in standing water for a few months, making it more versatile and allowing it to thrive in the city of Nebraska. Nemaha NRD General Manager Kyle Hauschild thanked Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce and Arbor Day Farms for inviting NRD to the tree planting saying it’s “something we should try to do every year.” .

Nemaha NRD has been no stranger to planting trees since its inception 50 years ago according to Hauschild.

Hauschild: “In 50 years [NRD] have planted 100 million trees, which equates to about 50 trees per Nebraska resident today.”

Hauschild hopes the new Norway spruce can kickstart the next 100 million trees planted.