The Exeter Cemetery Board had many large old pine trees attacked by pine wilt disease. As a way of both removing the dead trees and replanting new trees to replace the Cemetery board applied for a Trees for Nebraska Towns Program grant. They received the grant and in May of 2009 the Exeter Cemetery Board along with many community volunteers planted 25 new trees at the Exeter Cemetery.
The $10,000 grant was coordinated by the Nebraska State Arboretum and the University of Nebraska and funded by The Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery. This was a matching fund grant and the Cemetery Board was able to raise part of the matching funds by counting volunteer hours during the planting and watering of the trees.