Programs to Improve Rangeland

Do you need help with problem volunteer trees in your pasture or would you like to increase production? The Central Platte NRD is a leading District in the field of range conservation. Our programs provide unique opportunities to reduce invasive species in central Nebraska.

Prescribed Fire Program

Prescribed fire is a very valuable practice for Nebraska’s rangelands and prairies. Farmers in Central Platte NRD are having great success using fire to improve their pastures. It does entail some risk, which is why safety training and proper equipment are necessary.

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Show Off Your Planted Prairie!

Native grassland and pollinator habitat conservation is vital to agriculture and to Nebraska wildlife. If you’re one of the thousands of folks who have visited the Natural Resources building at Husker Harvest Days, you may have picked up a packet of the Native Prairie or Pollinators seed from the NRDs. If you received and planted some of our native prairie or pollinator seed, or if you have another prairie area you’d like to show off, upload your photos!

Pollinator seed plot in Central City planted in fall 2020, photo taken July 2021.

Central Platte NRD has created a special website to upload pictures of your planting for this project. Simply click on the map, insert a pin, upload your prairie photo…and show your stuff!  GO TO WEBSITE  The website also allows you to place a “pin” on the map to show where you have grown your native prairie or pollinator habitat. It would be amazing if we can fill up the state with “pins” and pictures showing the extent of everyone’s efforts.

In 2008, CPNRD began conducting the Native Prairie Outreach Project at Husker Harvest days, distributing native prairie seed packets and educational materials to approximately 1,500 people annually including approximately 300 packets of seed totaling 11 acres worth of restored prairie are handed out. Visitors to the booth are also given information on native plant propagation and patch-burn grazing systems.  The event is sponsored by CPNRD, other NRDs, with assistance from the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts.  If you have any questions about the native seed project or the website call  David Carr at (308) 385 -6282 or email carr@cpnrd.org.


Great Plains Fire Summit
POSTPONED UNTIL 2022 The Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council (NPFC) is organizing the Great Plains Fire Summit and Patch Burn Grazing Conference. The NPFC was formed by landowners for the purpose of promoting the common good and general welfare of the people in Nebraska by educating, training, and practicing safe prescribed burn techniques that reduce or eliminate invasive species and fuel load build-up in open spaces, providing fire protection and/or prevention from wild or unexpected fires in and near these burned open places.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be around prescribed fire advocates from across the Great Plains! For additional information, check out nefirecouncil.org                       Register at: https://greatplainsfiresummit.eventbrite.com

Sponsors include Nebraska Prescribed Fire Conference, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, South Dakota State University