Is your pasture or grassland becoming dominated by non-native cool season grasses and invasive weeds such as Eastern Redcedar? The expansion of redcedar into grasslands in the Midwest has started showing signs of ecological, social and economic impacts. Some of those impacts include a decrease in biodiversity and forage production, and an increased risk of wildfire.
The Central Platte NRD began addressing these and other rangeland management issues in 2004 when the Prescribed Fire Program was implemented. The NRD fire crew has conducted over 200 burns to treat 18,000 acres in central Nebraska. Prescribed fire is a valuable tool in controlling invasions, since redcedar does not re-sprout when the aboveground portion of the plant is killed as a result of fire; and warm season native grasses are re-established.
If you’re interested in restoring your land and grazing values, and your wildlife habitat; consider attending the NRD’s Prescribed Burn meeting this Thursday, May 14th in Grand Island. You’ll learn basic elements of burn safety and proper conditions for burning, and see drone footage of a recent NRD burn. Contact David Carr at (308) 385-6282 for more information.