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GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2022. The Board will act to approve the 2023 proposed budget of expenditures following the hearing at the July Board meeting the same day. The...Read more
NORFOLK, Nebraska - Imagine floating peacefully down a lazy river with family and friends, then drifting into a downtown area where great food, shopping, and live music await. It’s a dream that is coming true for people in and around Norfolk who have raised millions in grants and matching funds to...Read more
WAHOO, Nebraska – After 36 years of natural resources conservation, Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (NRD) Assistant Manager Tom Mountford will retire in July. Mountford started his natural resources career working at the Little Blue NRD in Davenport as the programs and information...Read more
NORFOLK, Nebraska - Once dismissed as ‘The Great American Desert,’ Nebraska is now known for its agricultural bounty and natural wonders. Throughout 2022, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) are celebrating 50 years, commemorating breakthroughs, and achievements in conservation. “The NRDs...Read more
GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska – The Central Platte NRD will host a 50th Anniversary Open House on Thursday, July 14, at CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island. Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele will present a proclamation recognizing the NRD’s Anniversary at 3:00 p.m. The celebration will...Read more
NORFOLK, Nebraska - Planning to stay close to home this summer? You’re never far from a public outdoor recreation area. Many of these trails, lakes, parks, and wildlife areas are built and maintained by Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs). If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say you...Read more
The Lower Big Blue NRD, in partnership with NRCS, NDEE and Nebraska Extension would like to notify landowners in Turkey Creek Watershed that applications for conservation work are now being accepted. Turkey Creek is one of two priority watersheds through the National Water Quality Initiative. The...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – Since their inception in 1972, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) have been monitoring groundwater quality to protect lives, property and the future. Approximately 85 percent of Nebraskans rely on groundwater as their drinking water source and it is the primary...Read more
GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Water Utilization and Water Quality committees will discuss the proposed updates to the NRD’s Ground Water Management Plan at their July meeting as presented by Jim Schneider, Olsson Engineering of Lincoln, at the May Board...Read more
LINCOLN, Nebraska – The first draft of the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District’s (LPSNRD) Fiscal Year 2023 Budget emphasizes flood control, water quality, stream stability projects, and continuation of repairing aging infrastructure. The LPSNRD Board of Directors reviewed the budget draft...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
LINCOLN, Nebraska – Bees, bats and hummingbirds were artfully crafted by young Nebraskans throughout the year turning blank paper into award-winning posters. Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) recognize students from Kindergarten to 12th grade, who competed in the annual “Where would we...Read more