Tree planting Friday at bridge overlook Paul Hedren, superintendent of Missouri National Recreational River, announced April 11 that the Recreational River will hold an Arbor Day tree planting activity on Friday, April 26, at 1:15 p.m. The event will take place at the Mulberry Bend Overlook on the Nebraska side of the new Newcastle-Vermillion Missouri River Bridge.
The National Park Service will plant a 20-foot tall burr oak tree in the island of the overlook's parking lot and students from Newcastle High School will assist by planting vegetation native to the area, such as American Plum, chokecherry, buffaloberry, and currants.
The Missouri National Recreational River, a unit of the National Park System created by Congress in 1978 and enlarged in 1991, is home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants native to the Middle Missouri River. The park's two undammed stretches still retain some of the river's dynamic character in a myriad of islands, bars, and chutes. The scene from the new Mulberry Bend Overlook represents, in large measure, the natural landscape of the Missouri River during pre-settlement days.
For additional information about this special Arbor Day event, contact Resource Management Specialist Wayne Werkmeister at the unit's headquarters in O'Neill, NE, 402-336-3970. For information on other activities on the Missouri National Recreational River, contact George Berndt at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam, 402-667-2550.