Nebraska Statewide Arboretum—Selected Historical Highlights

1975    Joseph Young appointed first curator of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

            Roger Uhlinger appointed interim curator of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

1976    Arbor Lodge becomes first arboretum site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

1977    Joseph Young resumes as Curator of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

1978    NSA incorporated as a private nonprofit corporation associated with UNL

            First meeting of Board of Directors

            Wilbur (Bud) Dasenbrock becomes first NSA, Inc. Board President

            First issues of “The Seed” and “Leafings” published

1981    George Briggs becomes first director of NSA, Inc.

1986    First landscape grant program established in partnership with Peter Kiewit Foundation          

1987    First Spring Affair event held in Lincoln

            Kim Todd appointed Interim Director

1988    Art Ode, Jr. becomes Director

1991    Research Consortium established

1993    Paul Read appointed Acting Director

1994    James Locklear becomes Director

1996    GreatPlants® for the Great Plains Program established

1997    Nebraska Green Space Stewardship Initiative established

2000    Website launched

2006    Trees for Nebraska Towns Initiative established in partnership with the Nebraska

            Environmental Trust

2008    NSA receives Urban Beautification Award from American Horticultural Society

2009    Justin Evertson appointed Interim Director

            Nebraska Statewide Arboretum merges with Nebraska Forest Service

2010    Waterwise Initiative established in partnership with Nebraska Environmental Trust

2012    Sustainable Schools Partnership established in partnership with the Nebraska Environmental Trust

            Online Plant Store opens—nsaplants.org

A Love for the Land: Written History of NSA's Legacy