Spam From Pam

Spam From Pam

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Spam From Pam

Great Plains Society of American Foresters Newsletter

April 2023

What is Spam from Pam? It is an email update to inform GPSAF Members and Friends about activities, events, meetings, and odds and ends happening in and around Kansas and Nebraska regarding forestry or conservation. If you know of any event coming up, contact Pam at

I will also try to include short news releases to talk about what projects are going on amongst our members and our agencies. If you have an article you want to see published email them to me (Pam)!

Also, for those aspiring photographers, send in your pictures and I will put them in the publication. Share your talent with your fellow foresters. 




Arbor Day 2023

Pam Bergstrom

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** Crickets Chirping**

            Was it something I said? OH! Silva Day! Well, did you know that the original name for Arbor Day was actually Silva Day? It’s true! I learned that factoid when I was down in Nebraska City celebrating Arbor Day one year back in my college days.

            Silva Day may not have been a success, but Arbor Day sure was! Do you remember your first Arbor Day? I know I do! I was a young school student at Brunswick Elementary School (which was a two-room country school), and it was a big deal because we got to ride the bus to the ‘big town’ of Plainview, Nebraska to listen to a forester talk about trees, forestry, and get a tree seedling to take home. Years later, I would have the honor of going back to Plainview on several occasions to present Arbor Day Programs to students and hand out tree seedlings to a new generation of tree planters. I even went back to Plainview and planted Ohio Buckeye seeds with the first-grade class a year ago.  I feel like I have come full circle and have sparked interest about trees to this new up and coming generation of future landowners.

            I have lost count on how many Arbor Day Presentations and Celebrations I have been part of in the past 20 years from starting with Arbor Day presentations I did for extra credit in forestry school to putting on Arbor Day plays and presentations for schools within my coverage area when I was a field forester. It’s always great when one of those students comes up to me and says that they remember the Arbor Day program I put on for their school.

            When the first Arbor Day came around, students were let out of school to plant over 1 million trees across the state of Nebraska. You should see the expression on kids’ faces when I tell them that if they were around 151 years ago, they would have no school for almost a full week in order to plant trees.

If you can’t make it to an Arbor Day celebration, go ahead and do something outside whether it is buying a tree or shrub and planting it in your own yard or finding the local Arboretum and taking as stroll through the trees. Did you know that trees release a pheromone that humans can pick up on and this pheromone has been proven to reduce stress and improve a person’s mood? Trees are amazing organisms and this Arbor Day, take time to appreciate the trees in your yard, on your street, and in your community. They give back in so many ways.



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Events Calendar


Raindrops on cypress leaves

April 2023:


April 27 – 29 – Spring Affair through the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, NE.


April 28 – Happy National Arbor Day


April 29 – International Tree Appreciation Day


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May 2023:


May 1 – May Day


May 4 – Firefighter’s Memorial Day


May 4 – May the Fourth Be with You Day. Also known as Star Wars Day.


May 5 – Cinco de Mayo


May 5 – National Agroforestry Center Webinar: USDA Forest Service Community Forest Program.


May 6 – Kentucky Derby Day


May 9 – 12 – Partners Riparian Forest Buffer/Woodlands Management Training and Windbreak Training. Kearney, Nebraska.


May 13 – National Top Gun Day. Talk to me Goose.


May 14 – Mother’s Day


May 16 – National Love a Tree Day


May 16 – 18 – The 7th Annual Fire in Eastern Oaks Conference. Tyler, Texas.


May 20 – World Bee Day


May 28 – National Hamburger Day


May 29 – Memorial Day


May 31 – National Smile Day


Boy, father and grandfather fishing in lake

June 2023:


June 2 – National Agroforestry Center Webinar: USDA FSA Loans.


June 3 – National Fishing and Boating Day


June 6 – D-Day Remembrance


June 9 – Donald Duck Day


June 12 – National Superman Day


June 14 – Flag Day


June 15 – 16: The 2023 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Orchard Tour.


June 18 – Father’s Day


June 19 – Juneteenth Day


June 20 – Ugly Dog Appreciation Day


June 21 – Summer Solstice


June 29 – Fisherman Appreciation Day


June 30 – Drive your Corvette to Work Day


Child pointing at firework display

July 2023:

July 1 – Visit the Zoo Day


July 4 – Independence Day


July 7 – National Father Daughter Take a Walk Together Day


July 11 – 13 – Southwest Agroforestry Action Network Annual Meeting. Littleton, CO.


July 14 – Mac and Cheese Day


July 19 – American Football Appreciation Day


July 20 – National Pickup Truck Day


July 23 – 26 – National Nut Growers, Walnut Council, and Chestnut Growers of America Joint Meetings. Columbia, Missouri. or


July 25 – 28 – Pine Forest Management and Windbreak Training. Chadron, Nebraska.


Save the Dates!

August 1 – 3 – Northern Hardwood Conference. Canada.


October 25 – 28 – SAF National Convention. Sacramento, California. 


December 4 – 8 – The 10th International Fire and Ecology Management Congress. Monterey, California. 




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