If you listen to this program often, you know that the Natural Resources Districts in Nebraska manage many different water issues including water quality, water quantity and flood control. Did you know that we are also responsible for managing grassland? The Central Platte NRD began addressing grassland management issues in 2004 by implementing our Prescribed Fire Program. The NRD fire crew has treated over 18,000 acres in central Nebraska.
Just recently, the Central Platte NRD was awarded a Grassland Conservation grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to reclaim and preserve up to 12,000 acres of crucial habitat in Dawson County and other areas heavily infested with Eastern Red Cedar. The goal is to remove seed source through mechanical tree clearing and prescribed burning.
The NRD is currently seeking landowners interested in participating in this pilot program and has set up cost share programs, such as deferred grazing, that coincide with management practices needed to ensure the long-term effectiveness in treating these areas.