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 (contact the NRD to set up an appointment to prepare a planting plan). You must reside or own property within the Nemaha NRD’s boundaries to be eligible to order.


  • NRD planted seedlings – February 15, 2023 (your ground must be fall prepared if it is currently in sod) - You must contact the NRD office to prepare a planting plan and place your order.
  • Landowner planted seedlings – March 15, 2023 (order early to ensure species availability)


  • All seedlings are $1.25 each, plus tax; orders must be placed in lots of 25 per species
  • NRD Planting - $1.50 per tree, plus tax (minimum order of 200 trees required-contact the NRD office prior to January 31 to prepare a plan and place your order)
  • All charges are due and payable in advance.
  • Email us through our Contact Us block on our homepage to request an order form (all orders must be on the official order form).
  • Quantities may be limited. 

2023 Tree & Shrub Species

We are down to VERY LIMITED quantities of left over trees. They are first come, first serve and will only be reserved with payment! 

Deciduous Shrubs Conifers
  • Black Cherry
  • Black Walnut
  • Black Oak (NEW!)
  • Bur Oak
  • Northern Pecan (NEW!
  • Northern Red Oak
  • Shagbark Hickory (NEW!)
  • Swamp White Oak
  • American Hazelnut
  • American Plum
  • Black Chokeberry
  • Chokecherry
  • Elderberry
  • Lilac
  • Redosier Dogwood
  • Serviceberry
  • Black Hills Spruce
  • Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Eastern Red Cedar
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Norway Spruce 
  • Ponderosa Pine


Grass Drilling Program

Grass Drilling Program
Grass Drilling Program

A no-till grass drilling service is available for small seeding projects (we no longer have a grassland drill available for rental).

No-Till Service

  • Maximum of 25 acres per customer (NRD limits all drilling to a maximum of 100 acres each spring and fall)
  • Rate: $28/acre with minimum $150 charge (100% of estimated cost is required in advance)
  • Mobilization Fee of $150 for each planting
  • 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

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. (Photo credit NE Department of Agriculture)



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