LINCOLN — A retirement reception for Mark Harrell, Forest Health Program Leader for the Nebraska Forest Service, will be 2-4 p.m., Sept. 7 in the Hardin Hall 2nd floor lobby. A brief program will begin at 2:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Harrell is retiring after more than 36 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, having worked at Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife and the Nebraska Forest Service.
Harrell was an active member of the Nebraska Arborists Association and the International Society of Arboriculture. He served as an instructor at NAA’s annual arborist seminar and was a member of NAA’s certification test committee. He also served on ISA’s board certified master arborist test committee and on ISA Midwestern Chapter’s board of directors and scholarship committee. He received the Builders Award, Educator of the Year Award, a Presidential Citation and an honorary life membership from NAA in recognition of his many contributions to the education and professional growth of its members and the Author’s Award of Excellence from ISA’s Midwestern Chapter. He was also a member of the Great Plains Tree Pest Council and served four terms as its chair and served on the City of Lincoln’s Community Forestry Advisory Board.
The time has come for Harrell to enjoy more traveling, cooking and time with his family. Please join us in celebrating his retirement!
— Kyle Martens
Nebraska Forest Service
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