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My name is Marcia Lee of the Central Platte Natural Resources District in Grand Island Nebraska, and this is.. the Natural Resources Report.
Nominations are being accepted for the Central Platte NRD’s Conservation Awards until November 5th. The CPNRD board expanded the awards to select winners in three categories this year: Cropland, Grassland and Community Awards.
The awards recognize land owners and communities who use best management practices on their operation or within their landscape designs.
Anyone may nominate a person, partnership, operation, ranch, community group or community project.
Examples of conservation practices may include: prescribed burning; tree planting, nutrient management, soil moisture sensors, crop rotation, field imagery, rain gardens or rain barrels; as well as other innovative conservation practices.
Award winners will receive a $100 gift card & a sign to display on their land to recognize their accomplishments. The presentation of awards will be Thursday, December 18 at Balz Reception Hall in Grand Island. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by Great Western Bank.
Again, nominations are open until Wednesday, November 5th. The nomination form is available on the Central Platte NRD website at: www.cpnrd.org or by contacting the CPNRD office at (308) 385-6282. That number again is 385-6282.
Thank you for listening. This is Marcia Lee, keeping you informed about your natural resources and the way NRDs protect lives, protect property and protect the future.
We are currently working on a new website for the Middle Republican NRD. This is going to be a great new and improved tool for the district and its producers. There will be a tool on the website for farmers to be able to utilize and calculate their water usage right then and there. All they will need to know is the beginning and ending readings along with the number of acres certified to that particular well and the units of the meter. There will also be an E-Newsletter sign up on the website, allowing any individual to sign up and receive emails about what is currently happening in the district as well as future information.
We just recently are got involved with twitter and facebook so we can stay connected with our producers and customers. So make sure to check us out on these social media outlets for upcoming events and news.
The District just completed their tree plantings for the year. They were a great success and even caught a rain behind them. We machine planted around 17,500 total in the NRD. This consisted of nearly 35 total tree plans and within those 35 plans there were 70 wildlife thicket plans. The technicians and the tree planter did all of these plans in 12 successful days.
With chemigation coming right around the corner, don’t forget to get your permits done and submitted back to the district. The technicians will be headed out to start their inspections around June 1st.
N-CORPE is also working on getting its own website up and running. This is going to be a great educational piece for producers within the whole basin to utilize for all questions and concerns. There is also a great youtube video out on the web showing the whole aspect of the project that will give you a good idea as to how it works. Just go to YouTube.com and type in N-CORPE Augmentation Project. Make sure you check it out.