Conservation

Conservation

Conservation Tree Program

Conservation Tree Program
Conservation Tree Program

Each spring the Nemaha NRD plants and distributes trees for conservation purposes – windbreaks, shelterbelts, wildlife habitat, firewood, and Christmas trees. Orders are accepted beginning November 1 each year. A planting service is also available for orders over 200. You must reside within or own property within the Nemaha NRD’s boundaries to be eligible to order.

Deadlines (all ordering deadlines have passed for this spring's tree sales)

  • NRD plantings – December 31 (your ground must be fall prepared if it is currently in sod)
  • Landowner planting – March 20 (order early to ensure species availability)

Pricing

  • All seedlings are $1.00 each, plus tax; orders must be placed in lots of 25 per species (add $4.00 per order for packaging if you are planting your own trees)
  • NRD Planting - $1.00 per tree, plus tax (minimum order of 200 trees required) All charges are payable in advance

Species

Conifers Deciduous Shrubs
  • Eastern Red Cedar 
  • Canaan Fir
  • Black Hills Spruce
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Norway Spruce
  • Black Cherry
  • Black Walnut
  • Sugar Maple
  • Chinkapin Oak
  • Bur Oak
  • Northern Red Oak
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Pecan
  • American Hazelnut
  • American Plum
  • Amur Maple 
  • Chokecherry
  • Black Chokeberry
  • Elderberry 
  • Lilac 
  • Skunkbush Sumac
  • Redosier Dogwood
  • Serviceberry
  • Ninebark

NRDtrees.org

Grass Drilling Program

Grass Drilling Program
Grass Drilling Program

Both a no-till grass drilling service and a grassland rental drill are available for small seeding projects.

No-Till Service

  • Maximum of 25 acres per customer (NRD limits all drilling to a maximum of 100 acres each spring and fall)
  • Rate: $26/acre with minimum $150 charge (100% of estimated cost is required in advance)
  • Deadlines: Spring work application & payment due March 1
                      Fall work application & payment due October 1
  • Call or stop at the NRD office to request/complete an application and provide aerial photo with drilling location identified

Grassland Drill

A 12-foot Miller grassland drill is available to rent for $9/acre; a $100 deposit is required. Advance reservation is required.

WILD Nebraska

WILD Nebraska
WILD Nebraska

This program is a partnership between the Nemaha NRD and the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission to create or improve habitat on private land. Cost-share based activities are categorized as grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, or general. Approved activities vary but could include prescribed burning, disking, or interseeding legumes, for example. Both state and local funds are used to support the program. Contact the NRD office for more details.

Nebraska Buffer Strip Program

Nebraska Buffer Strip Program
Nebraska Buffer Strip Program

Created in 1998 by the Nebraska Legislature, this program encourages landowners to establish grass or riparian buffers along vulnerable surface water resources. Funding comes from a fee assessed on pesticides registered for sale in Nebraska. Eligible Areas – Any cropland (in annual crops or legumes as part of a rotation) adjacent to perennial or seasonal streams, wetlands, permanent water bodies.

Payments

Dryland cropland payment rate for land also enrolled in CRP or other government funded programs is 20% of the weighted average soil rental rate per acre. Land not enrolled in another program receives 120% of the rental rate plus $5 per acre, less payments from other sources. In either case the maximum total payment from all sources is limited to $250/acre.

Irrigated cropland enrolled in CRP or other government funded programs shall receive $250/acre minus payments from other sources.
Irrigated land not enrolled in CRP shall receive $225/acre minus payment from other programs.

Payments are made annually on September 30 by the NRD.

General Terms

  • Contract length: Five years minimum; 10 years maximum
  • Haying & Grazing: Limited (based on NRCS practice requirements)
  • Size: Minimum width-20 feet for grass filters and 55 feet for riparian forest buffers; maximum width-120 feet for grass filters and 180 feet for riparian buffers; minimum size per application is 1 acre
  • Sign up: Anytime, in person, at your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office