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Oct 21
Burr Oak Canyon tour part of Tree Symposium at MCC

More than 100 scientists, foresters, arborists, nature lovers and tree advocates from numerous states were at McCook Community College Thursday and Friday as part of the 2019 Burr Oak Canyon Tree Symposium.

Conference sessions included a variety of issues related to tree care as well as a BBQ and social at Common Scents Nursery and highlighted by a tour Friday of the relict stand of trees in nearby Burr Oak Canyon.

Some scientists believe this "hidden" pocket of some 800 bur oak trees survived the ice age and could have been established 9,000 years ago. One of the trees with a 22-inch trunk was determined to be 150 years old and some of the trees with 40-inch trunks could be as old as 200 years old. 

Part of Friday's field trip included a study and observations of what could be a rare lone gambel oak tree.

Thursday's schedule included a bur oak tree-planting ceremony in Kelley Park.

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​​​