Grazing Lands

Grazing Lands

From the Sandhills and the loess hills, to the Pine Ridge and hardwood savannahs, Nebraska's diverse grazing lands blanket more than half the state. In 2022, a study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln concluded that the Sandhills are Earth's largest remaining intact, temperate grassland.

Grasslands provide homes for wildlife, recreational opportunities and a way of life for livestock and wildlife producers. With proper management, grazing land can recharge the state's aquifers, help promote water quality and prevent soil erosion.

NRDs encourage stewardship by providing financial assistance for planned grazing systems, including constructing cross-fencing systems and pipelines for livestock water.

Cooperating with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, NRDs sponsor grazing land field tours and other educational programs to promote sustainable conservation practices.