Friends of Maxwell Arboretum

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Friends of Maxwell Arboretum

Board of Directors

Executive Committee:
Ted Hartung, Pres.
Bud Dasenbrock, Vice Pres.
Irv Omtvedt, Treas.
Emily Levine, Sec'y

At Large:
Eric Berg
Mark Canney
Christian Elowsky
Justin Evertson
Christina Hoyt

Lois Mayo
Eric North
Kim Todd

IANR Representative:
Ron Yoder

Ex Officio:
Eileen Bergt
Emily Casper
Jeff Culbertson

The Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus is a jewel in the crown of Lincoln’s green spaces. Honoring the legacy of State Extension Forester Earl Maxwell who began planting trees for evaluation in this location, the Arboretum was formally dedicated on June 8, 1969 following action by the Board of Regents two years earlier. A agship site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, its twelve acres provide access to a wide variety of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous perennials, both as single specimens and in genus collections.
Over the years, numerous individuals, academic departments, and civic organizations have worked to ensure that Maxwell Arboretum provides the university community and visitors with an educational as well as an aesthetic experience.
Help ensure Maxwell Arboretum’s continued growth in the 21st century by joining the Friends of Maxwell Arboretum (FOMA) in our mission to serve in an advocacy role providing input and nancial support for the management and development of Maxwell Arboretum as an educational, research, and outreach resource.
FOMA has rededicated itself to this mission in support of the Arboretum. We believe this is necessary to ensure its long-term viability into the future. We invite you to
be a part of this exciting effort by becoming a member of the Friends of Maxwell
Arboretum. In so doing, you get the bene t of knowing that you will
• Preserve one of Nebraska’s premier arboretums
• Keep Maxwell Arboretum’s education and research mission vibrant
• Protect one of Lincoln’s best mid-city green spaces
• Participate in the development of new plans and policies for the Arboretum

FOMA Bylaws state:


The purpose of FOMA is to serve in advocacy role by providing input and financial support for the maintenance and development of the Maxwell Arboretum, located on East Campus of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln as an affiliate site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The Friends will advocate for the role of Maxwell Arboretum in education, research and outreach.


Interpretation is an important part of any arboretum. Like an outdoor museum, Maxwell Arboretum needs good identifying signage for its specimens. The Friends of Maxwell Arboretum provides funds to UNL's Landscape Services Department to pay for new signs for plants and to replace old, damaged signage.




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