Ogallala Parks Memorial and Honorary Tree Program
The memorial/honorary tree program is a long-term tree planting project to beautify the parks of Ogallala sponsored by the City of Ogallala Tree Board. There is always a need to plant additional trees. Trees provide a buffer from city noise, clean the air, provide for shelter and cool areas for recreation, and provide habitat for birds and animals. Thus, trees in our parks are an invaluable resource which should be continually renewed and diversified. Click the link for more information and to access the required application.
Memorial/Honorary Tree Program brochure
Twin-Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) Rebates available
If you are planning on planting a tree, you will be interested in knowing that the NRD is offering a rebate program beginning July 1st, to help with the cost of your tree. The rebate will be equal to 50% of the total purchase price of each tree, not to exceed $50.00 per tree. Trees must be planted on private property in a location that is visible from the street. No more than two trees will be rebated per property owner or tenant, per year. Funding for the rebate program is limited. Rebates will be given on a first-come, first served basis. Applications can be obtained by clicking this link or at the Ogallala City Office or by contacting one of the members of the Ogallala Tree Board.
In July 2020, volunteers from the Ogallala Tree Board and Wolf Landscape Design planted 22 new trees at the Kathleen Lute Public Library. With the underground sprinkler system installed, 14 deciduous shade trees and eight understory trees joined the single remaining Linden tree that was planted many years ago on what is now the new library site.
The shade trees include a variety of oaks, as well as Ohio buckeye, hackberry, Petticoat Norway maple, American linden, honey locust, Kentucky coffee tree, Catalpa, and hybrid American elms. The trees, when mature, will grow to as high as 50 feet and provide a canopy range of spreads from 30 to 50 feet.
The eight understory trees include five crimson cloud hawthorns and three hot wings tatarian maples. These trees were planted to provide shade for planned benches throughout the property. The Tree Board is working with the Library Board to facilitate the adoption of future amenities that will add to the overall ambience of the facility.
The Nebraska Public Power District made a gift to the city of Ogallala of $3,250 for the purchase of trees for the library planting. Wolf Landscape Design procured the trees and also helped by providing mulch and T-posts.