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December 23, 2005
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Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation, 441-7939

Work To Restore Bur Oak Trees Continues In Wilderness Park

The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is again working to preserve native bur oak trees in Wilderness Park this winter. Crews will begin working next week in the area of First Street and Pioneers Boulevard to remove scrub trees that are growing in and around stands of bur oaks to open up the area and allow young oak trees to grow.

“The Wilderness Park Subarea Plan developed several years ago identifies the Park’s bur oaks as important resources to protect and restore,” said Terry Genrich, Natural Resources Manager for Parks and Recreation. “A citizen committee meets several times a year to decide on park management projects, and rejuvenating the bur oaks continues to be a top priority. We understand the public concerns about tree removal, but this is necessary for bur oaks to survive.” Genrich said precautions are taken to ensure that habitat remains for the wildlife in the area.

Future Wilderness Park restoration projects include managing areas of prairie, restoring wetlands and removing scrub trees from the former farmland in the park to plant as prairies.

Wilderness Park is a 1,475-acre linear park that is owned by Lancaster County and managed by the City of Lincoln. The park extends for seven miles from near Van Dorn Street on the north to Saltillo Road on the south. The Park’s primary purpose is flood protection, but it also provides a natural area for wildlife and public recreation area.

For more information on the management of Wilderness Park, call 441-7847 or send an e-mail to

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