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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

History of Bessey Nursery
Clark Fleege
1995: Kearney, NE
Welcome to the Nebraska National Forest. The notion of having a planted forest on the
treeless Sandhills of central Nebraska was first proposed by Dr. Charles E. Bessey, a
professor of botany at the University of Nebraska. The idea of planting trees in Nebraska was
not new. On the first Arbor Day in 1872, over one million seedlings were planted in
Nebraska. Trees had been planted in the Sandhills through the Timber Culture Act (1873)
with limited success and on a limited scale. In 1890, Dr. Bessey Joined forces with Dr.
Bernhard E. Fernow Chief of the USDA Division of Forestry to grow trees in the Sandhills of
Nebraska. The site they selected was in northeast Nebraska, near Swan Lake in Holt County.
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