Restoration work will take place in portions of Wilderness Park Monday from August 19 through Monday, August 26. Crews with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa will remove invasive cedar trees. Controlled burns will follow the tree removal. Signs will be posted if areas require closure.
Eastern red cedars are native trees that have historically been used for windbreaks and shelterbelts in the Great Plains. If the trees are left unmanaged, however, they can overtake areas, diminish wildlife habitats and increase wildfire risk.
Wilderness Park is a 1,475-acre wooded area in southwest Lincoln that is owned by Lancaster County and managed by the City Parks and Recreation Department. The park's primary purpose is flood protection, but it also provides a natural space for wildlife and public recreation.