Keep Omaha Beautiful’s Trees for Omaha
The tree planting was part of the “Trees for Omaha” partnership among KOB, the City’s Parks & Recreation Department, and the Nebraska Forest Service. The program was developed in response to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle, which was officially discovered in Omaha in 2016 and will decimate the community’s ash trees (nearly 15% of the city’s total tree count) in the coming decade if left unaddressed. The program goal is to plant a diverse stock of several thousand native trees in Omaha parks and public spaces to improve the resilience of the city’s tree canopy and withstand future invasive pests. As of January 2020, KOB has planted over 1,900 trees throughout 36 Omaha parks.