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 and these programs provide a unique opportunity!

Range Management Tour -  June 8 in Gothenburg
Join us on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, for a Range Management Tour hosted by the Central Platte NRD and the Central Platte Range Alliance.
The tour will include three sites in Gothenburg that have used tree cutting and prescribed fire as management and maintenance tools.

Following the tour, attendees will return to Mark Alberts farm for an evening catfish fry and social. Guest speakers will include a Range Management Specialist from Central Platte NRD and/or Oklahoma State University.

Date: Tuesday June 8, 2021
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Location: Tour departs at Pizza Hut, 415 Platte River Road in Gothenburg, NE
Interested in attending?   Contact: David Carr (308) 385-6282 or carr@cpnrd.org RSVP by June 4th

Healthy rangelands and abundant wildlife habitat are essential for cattle and wildlife in our state.  Central Platte NRD offers a couple unique conservation programs to area producers to maintain range and habitat.  Because fire is  the most economical tool for getting rid of unwanted trees, these programs are aimed at encouraging the safe use of prescribed fire.  Programs include:

Grazing Deferment Program
Reimburses landowners for part of the cost of laying land idle to prepare for a successful burn.

Burn Preparation Cost-Share
Reimburses landowners for part of the cost of tree work to prepare pastures for a burn.

Prescribed Burn Cost-Share
Reimburses landowners for part of the cost of hiring an insured contractor for prescribed burns.

Grassland Improvement Program
Provides payments to improve the health and diversity of grasslands through deferred grazing and prescribed burning. Funding partners: Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Nebraska Game & Parks, The Environmental Trust, NRCS & Partners for Fish & Wildlife.
Contact: Trent Findley, Pheasants Forever Wildlife Biologist
(308) 392-3528  Trent.Findley@usda.gov

For more information contact David Carr or Kelly Cole, Central Platte NRD at (308) 385 6282 or for more information email: carr@cpnrd.org.

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!

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.