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Sep 17
Registrations open for MCC's Burr Oak Canyon Tree Symposium

Registrations open for Burr Oak Canyon Tree Symposium

The 2019 Burr Oak Canyon Tree Symposium is set for Oct. 17-18 and McCook Community College is accepting registrations for the event. This has been a highly popular event in the past and space is limited to the first 100 applicants. This event includes several options to tour the relict stand of trees in nearby Burr Oak Canyon.

Symposium topics include: "Why Trees Matter," "Challenges and Tree Selections for the Great Plains," "Young Tree Planting and Care," Insects and Diseases," Tree Production Methods and Limitations," "The World of Fungi, Moss and Lichens," and "Fruit Trees and Berries."

Presenters include: Greg Morgenson, North Dakota State University; Eric North, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Tim Buchanan, former Fort Collins City Forester; Lucinda Mays, Chadron State College; Heather and Brian Byers, Great Plains Nursery; Steve Rolfsmeier, Chadron State College Botanist; Scott Skogerboe, Fort Collins Nursery; and Tim McDonnell, Kansas Forest Service.

There are five ways to participate in conference activities ranging from $140 for the full two-day conference to $30 for the pre-conference workshop Thursday, $30 for the Thursday night BBQ at Commons Scents Nursery on South U.S. 83 or $30 for the Friday tour of the Burr Oak Canyon, which also includes lunch and transportation.

The Pre-conference workshop is Thursday, Oct 17 at the MCC Student Union from 9 a.m.-noon. This workshop is intended for both tree stewards and the general public and incudes hands-on activities related to planting, establishment, pruning and diagnosing biotic and abiotic stresses.

Conference Sessions are set for Thursday, Oct. 17 from 1-5 p.m. The BBQ at Common Scents is from 6-9 p.m. with craft beer and entertainment.

On Friday, Oct. 18, the morning sessions run from 9-11:30 a.m. with the Burr Oak Canyon tour set for noon-4 p.m.

Cost for the full conference is $140. The cost to attend just the Thursday morning pre-conference is $30. Conference cost to attend all events from Thursday at 1 p.m. through Friday is $120. Cost to attend only the Thursday night BBQ is $30 and cost to attend the Friday Burr Oak Canyon Tour is $30.

This event also sponsored by the Norris Institute and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum with additional support from the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Arborists Association.

Register by Oct. 10 to avoid late fees.

To register, under "Courses," type in Burr Oak Canyon Symposium at or call 308-345-8122.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​