Spam from Pam – November and December 2023 Edition

Spam from Pam – November and December 2023 Edition





Eastern Red Cedar Christmas Tree at the Elgin, Nebraska VFW.


Spam From Pam


Great Plains Society of American Foresters Newsletter


November and December 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

If you have someone (Dog or Human) you would like to brag about! Send me picture(s), names of the child (dog) and parents, age of the child (dog), and some fun facts! Let’s have some fun bragging about those we love, the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts, and don’t forget hunting expeditions! You all have something to brag about! I am adding a Bragging Corner to showcase something good!

            Also, I need upcoming events to share with everyone! Please share with me events, activities, or webinars that would be beneficial for others to learn about! And, if you have pictures to share in the newsletter, please send them my way!



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Snickers Trees and Reese's Trees! Coming to a Conservation District near you this winter!




Bragging Corner

I would like to introduce you to (one) of the newest members to my family tree and the Deer Stand. This is Carson Don Coffey and he is over 6 months old now. He is my 3rd Cousin from Duncan, Nebraska. He is all about his stuffed deer, loves to listen to hunting podcasts with his dad, and loves to be outside. A future outdoorsman here!  His parents Jeff and Janey are very proud of him!A baby lying on a blanket  Description automatically generated









Old Red Pickup Truck with an Eastern Red Cedar in the bed. Taken by Pam Bergstrom near Kearney, Nebraska.




Forest Farming Webinar through Penn State.


2022 Fall – Winter Fire Science Webinar Series

If you miss these webinars, you can catch up on the tapings at


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Events Calendar

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December 2023:


December 21 – Winter Solstice and First Day of Winter


December 21/22 – Short Person Appreciation Day


December 25 – Christmas Day


December 30 – National Bacon Day


December 31 – New Year’s Eve


A pine branch that has frostbitten

January 2024:


January 1 – Happy New Year 2024!


January 5 – Plant Talk: Winter Tree Appreciation Zoom by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.


January 11 – Plant Talk: Waterwise Landscapes Zoom by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.


January 14 – REMINDER – Valentine’s Day is ONE MONTH AWAY!


January 15 – Martin Luther King JR Day


January 17 – Agroforestry Symposium: Silvopasture in Practice Webinar and in Person. University of Missouri – Columbia.


January 18 – Plant Talk: A Conversation with Jeff Carstens Zoom by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.


January 23 – Prescribed Fire and Timber Quality Webinar.



Valentine's Day breakfast tray

February 2024:


February 1 – Plant Talk: Let’s Talk About Lawn Alternatives Zoom by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.


February 6 – 8 – SAF Rising Professionals Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


February 8 – 9 – Kansas Natural Resource Conference: Water on the Plains.


February 14 – Valentine’s Day


February 15 – Waterwise Plant Talk: How to Care for Your Trees, Garden & Yard in Drought Zoom by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.


February 19 – President’s Day


February 19 – 23 – Nebraska Forest Service Winter Staff Meeting. East Campus Union – UNL.


February 20 – 22 – Association for Temperate Agroforestry National Conference in Costa Rica.


March 2024:


March 1 – Happy Birthday Nebraska!


March 6 – Remember the Alamo Day


March 14 – National Pi and Pie Day


March 17 – St Patrick’s Day


March 21 – International Day of Forest


March 31 – Easter Sunday


Save the Dates!

April 3 – 4, 2024 – Dakotas SAF and Great Plains SAF Joint Meeting/Conference. Forestry Across the Plains. Pierre, South Dakota.  More Details to Come!


April 25 – 27 – Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Spring Affair at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.


May 13 – 16, 2024 – 2024 Short Rotation Woody Crops International Conference. University of Missouri – Columbia.


September 17 – 20, 2024 – National SAF Convention. Loveland, Colorado.


October 23 – 27, 2025 – National SAF Convention. Hartford, Connecticut.

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