- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s natural resources districts have planted 95 million trees since they were created in 1972.

The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts says the districts have planted more than 800,000 so far this year. Most were planted on private property to help conserve and protect land.

The group says conservation trees and shrubs benefit people, animals and the environment. The benefits include shade and reduced energy costs for homes, protection of crops and livestock, and reduced soil erosion from water and wind. The trees also help capture carbon from the atmosphere and help raise property values.

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