Lary and Barbara Moeller of Wisner were awarded the 2013 Outstanding Tree Planter Award at the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) annual awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 16. The event was held at the Time Square Event Center in Norfolk and attracted over 80 people.
The Outstanding Tree Planter Award is presented annually within our district to individuals who have shown a strong commitment to the planting and care of trees.
The Moellers were nominated by LENRD Forester Pam Bergstrom and Programs Assistant Phyllis Knobbe with the Cuming County NRCS office.
Lary and Barbara Moeller were born and raised in the Wisner area, then moved to various locations for 25 years before moving back to Wisner in the early 1990’s. Their land was being farmed fence row to fence row with no conservation and apparent lack of wildlife habitat. They had the belief and vision, established by their parents, that the land needed stewardship, conservation and habitat, especially grass and trees.
After moving back in the early 1990’s, Lary started planting trees. Some of the soil was very sandy and he realized trees would help with erosion and improve the wildlife habitat.
He started with a ½ mile shelterbelt on the home place working with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission and planted 3,500 trees.
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