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CHADRON, Nebraska -- The Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District (UNWNRD) will again partner with Chadron State College (CSC) & C.F. Coffee Family Foundation to hold the sixth annual Range Day at the Student Center on the CSC campus on Wednesday, Jan.12, 2022. “The planning committee...Read more
Press release originally from Nebraska Community Foundation. BATTLE CREEK, Nebraska – Battle Creek no-till farmer and advocate Dan Gillespie sought to leave any land he farmed in better condition than he found it. Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF), in collaboration with the Lower Elkhorn Natural...Read more
NORFOLK, Nebraska -- Landowners within the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) boundaries recently had an opportunity to apply for new irrigated acres. The LENRD board has the responsibility to develop, manage, and conserve our groundwater. Each year they look at ways to assist...Read more
NORFOLK, Nebraska – Protecting northeast Nebraska from flood events is the responsibility of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD), given to them by the Nebraska Legislature. The LENRD board and staff work continually to study areas where flooding occurs. Areas in the Maple Creek...Read more
HARTINGTON, Nebraska -- The static water level of 34 irrigation wells, from selected locations throughout the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD), is measured semi-annually. Fall 2020 readings, following a pumping season that was heavier than recent years, show average water levels...Read more
GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska – On Thursday, the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Board of Directors approved the proposed new subdistrict boundaries to submit to local county clerks. The CPNRD boundaries reach from the Lincoln-Dawson county line near Gothenburg to Hwy 81 near Columbus...Read more
BRADSHAW, Nebraska -- Gary Eberle has a different relationship with trees on his property than most Nebraska farmers. Far from seeing them as a nuisance on a fence line or useful only in a windbreak, Eberle and his wife, Nancy, have cultivated a modest agroforestry business using trees purchased in...Read more
GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska - Producers in the Central Platte and Upper Big Blue Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) are encouraged to enroll their acres in the new Nebraska Soil Carbon Project. This project provides greater financial incentives to producers who utilize key conservation practices in...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – Water is essential for successful agriculture. While Nebraska has some of the best water resources in the world for farming, experts say the abundance shouldn’t be taken for granted or mismanaged. A new Nebraska Public Media program produced in partnership with the Twin Platte...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – The Lower Platte South NRD’s (LPSNRD) Oak Creek Recreational Trail will be closed during firearm deer hunting season. This year’s season is Nov. 13-21, and warning signs saying the trail is closed are posted at every trail access. LPSNRD’s MoPac East and Homestead recreational...Read more


Students from Esopus, New York, Named Champions LINCOLN, Nebraska – On July 28, students from Esopus, New York, took the top prize of $15,000 at the 2021 National Conservation Foundation (NCF)-Envirothon, an international environmental and natural resources education competition for high schoolers...Read more
National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore to Open 2021 NCF-Envirothon NARD Foundation to Award Additional Scholarships LINCOLN, Nebraska – The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) is excited to announce Joel Sartore as the keynote speaker for the 2021 National Conservation...Read more
OMAHA, Nebraska – Approximately 75 directors and staff from Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts convened in Omaha for the annual NRD Basin Tour hosted by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (Papio NRD) June 7-8, 2021. “It was a pleasure hosting the Basin Tour this year to...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – High schoolers from across Nebraska – and a few pelicans – descended on Lake Wanahoo for the 29th annual Nebraska State Envirothon April 28. Ord High School took home the championship along with $1,500 and will represent Nebraska at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF)...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – In 2021, the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) welcomed four new directors – Joel Hansen, Mason Hoffman, Gene Kelly and Luke Peterson. Joel Hansen, Lower Elkhorn NRD (Wayne, Nebraska) Hansen brings a unique perspective to the board as the Street & Planning...Read more
Photo: The 2021 NARD Executive Committee includes, from left, Legislative Committee Chair Jim Meismer, Secretary-Treasurer Marty Graff, Vice President Orval Gigstad, President Jim Eschliman and Past President Larry Reynolds. Not pictured, Information and Education Committee Chair Jim Johnson...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – Trees help soften the harsh climate of the Great Plains, but recent weather events are leaving Nebraska communities at-risk of being devoid of trees and their innumerable benefits. According to the Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska communities lost an average of 18 percent of...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – Between Feb. 3-5, Nebraska high school students competed around the state during a virtual regional Envirothon competition demonstrating natural resources knowledge by identifying trees, labeling fish anatomy and determining soil structure. The winning teams from each Envirothon...Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Board of Trustees and the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) announced the decision to transition the 2021 NCF-Envirothon annual competition to a completely virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus)...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce Jeff Vander Wilt as the Acting Nebraska State Conservationist. Vander Wilt comes to Nebraska from South Dakota where he serves as the Assistant State Conservationist for...Read more