The Natural Resource Report can be heard every Wednesday at 4:17pm. You will hear the latest from cooperating Natural Resource Districts: Middle Republican, Upper Republican, Lower Republican, Tri-Basin, Central Platte, and Little Blue NRD's. For more information on any of the 23 Natural Resource Districts in Nebraska go here!
To promote conservation education, the LRNRD offers two $1,000 scholarships
to first, second, and third year college students who have a permanent
residence within the district. The applicant must plan to major in a
natural resources related field such as forestry, park management, agronomy,
agri-business, etc. and must attend a Nebraska college and be registered
full time. A qualifying student is only eligible to receive the scholarship
for two years. Scholarships are paid out $500 per semester and the second
semester payment requires the student to complete the first semester with a
2.75 minimum grade point average. Applications must include a short essay,
list of extracurricular activities, copy of grades or transcripts, class
ranking if applicable and three letters of recommendation. The deadline for
applications is April 1, 2017. Applications and additional information
regarding these scholarships are available at the LRNRD, high schools within
the district and at colleges within Nebraska. Applications are also
available on our website at www.lrnrd.org.
"The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth."
That sentiment was written by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright was an American architect, who designed more than a thousand structures. He believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture.
Producers and landowners in Nebraska are organic architects of their own right. They may not design a thousand structures, but they do incorporate trees and windbreaks into their landscape to increase agricultural productivity, protect natural resources, and enhance environments for people and wildlife.
Have you checked your windbreak to see if it needs to be updated? If it does, or if you’re considering planting a new windbreak, contact Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282. Conservation seedlings are being sold at ninety cents per seedling. There are 40 varieties of shrubs, deciduous and conifer seedlings available.
Orders received by December 31st will receive a 10% discount on all tree and fabric weed barrier and will be available for spring planting.
As Alexander Smith said, "A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity."
Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District provides facilities for the public to watch eagles and other wildlife. Inside the J-2 Hydro power plant, bleachers are set up in front of large windows that allow visitors to see eagles swooping to catch fish and also rest in trees along the banks of the Supply Canal. Spotting scopes are provided and attendants are available to answer questions.
Since Christmas and the New Year occur on weekends this year, the J-2 eagle viewing center will open on Fri., December 23 and Friday December 30 from 8 a.m. until noon to accommodate holiday visitors. The regular viewing season will then begin in January, and the Eagle viewing site will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until the first weekend in March. J-2 is located about seven miles south of Lexington, near the intersection of county roads 749 and 750. Signs along area roads help guide visitors to the plant. There is no charge to visit the facility.
Eagles are attracted to water flowing out below the powerplant, where they feed on fish in the open water.
Several factors influence the number of eagles seen from the facility on any given day, including weather, ice coverage, how many eagles are wintering in the area, and whether the hydroplant is operating. The best viewing time is normally early in the day. For more information about eagles and viewing opportunities, visit Central's Web site at cnppid.com.
Have you heard of the many benefits that prescribed fire provides for pastures? Farmers in the Central Platte NRD are having great success using fire to improve and maintain their pastures. From reducing cedar trees, to improving grazing forage, to reviving native grassland - prescribed fire has been established as an important management tool.
The Hall County Burn Association is hosting an information meeting on Thursday, September 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Central Platte NRD office in Grand Island. Some of the topics to be covered include:
-how to get the most out of your burn
-how to write a burn plan
-insurance information on what would be covered if you conduct a burn
-and what equipment you’ll need.
The public is invited to this information meeting. There is no cost and RSVP is not required. Again, the information meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Central Platte NRD office.
To learn how you could include prescribed fire to reduce cedar trees, revive your pasture or get the most out of grazing, call David Carr at (308) 385-6282 or visit cpnrd.org. That’s (308) 385-6282 or visit cpnrd.org.
See first-hand how cover crops benefit soil health at the Cover Crop Field Day scheduled tomorrow- August 11th. The field day is being held at Mark Allen’s shop, just north of Lexington, NE. Presentations will take place from 9:30 to Noon.
Attendees will see five cover crop mixes planted on different dates and will compare the above-ground biomass with that below ground. Representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and UNL Extension will address concerns that landowners have such as:
-whether compaction and infiltration are impacted,
-how biological activity and organic matter are affected,
-which mix provides the highest quality forage for grazing, and
-how much crop usable nitrogen can be expected.
There is no cost to attend- coffee and rolls will be provided. RSVP is not required.
Again, the Field Day is tomorrow, August 11th at Mark Allen’s shop. The address is 43407 Road 760 in Lexington, starting at 9:30 a.m. Contact Teri Edeal at (308) 325-1056 for more information.
This field day is hosted by UNL Extension, USDA NRCS, Central Platte NRD, Arrow Seed, Green Cover Seed, and O’Hanlon Seed Inc.