Scholarship Available

$1,000 Scholarship Available to Area Seniors

January 31, 2019

The Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) provides two $1,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who reside within the LCNRD boundary.  The Patefield – Green Memorial Scholarship is available to students who intend to pursue an agricultural related career and plan to return to the area and help local communities to... Read More

Tree Species Available from LCNRD for 2019

Tree Species Available for 2019

January 31, 2019



Tree Species Available for 2019


If you would like to order conservation trees for your property orders are being taken now until March 31, 2019. Trees are sold in bundles of 25 and the price per seedling is $1.00 plus sales tax. Contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service or the Lewis and... Read More

National Ag Day 2018

2018 Lewis & Clark NRD - Year in Review

December 26, 2018

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) continues to protect the lives, property and future of northeast Nebraska through services provided to the residents of the district for protection and enhancement our natural resources.  The district collected around $948,819 in local property tax dollars in 2018 with a total... Read More


Time to Plan for 2019 Conservation Tree Planting

December 1, 2018

The 2019 tree planting season is just around the corner and the time is now to plan your windbreak or conservation tree planting.  The Lewis and Clark NRD will be taking orders for conservation trees from now until March 31, 2019 for spring planting.  Trees come in bundles of 25 and the price per seedling is $1.00 plus sales tax... Read More

Annual Meeting at Historic Hartington Hotel

Lewis & Clark NRD Celebrates 46 Years of Conservation and Honors Directors and Employees

November 30, 2018

The Lewis and Clark NRD celebrated 46 years of protecting our natural resources, and honored directors and employees for their service to the LCNRD and Cedar-Knox Rural Water Project (CKRWP) with an Awards Banquet held November 15th at the Historic Hartington Hotel in Hartington. Invited guests included LCNRD and CKRWP directors and spouses,... Read More

Well depiction

Fall 2018 Well Measuring

November 30, 2018

The static water level of 34 irrigation wells, from selected locations throughout the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (the District), is measured semi-annually. 2018 fall readings, after the end of a typical use pumping season, shows average water levels higher than the fall of 2017. 21 of the 34 wells measured showed a higher water... Read More

Nebraska Land Judging Regions

Northeast Area Land Judging Contest Hosted by Lower Elkhorn NRD

October 21, 2018

A total of 462 Future Farmers of America (FFA) students from northeast Nebraska took their lessons out of the classroom and into the field on October 2, 2018.  Students, from 25 schools, participated in the FFA Northeast Area Land Judging Contest which was held near Oakland. The event was hosted by the Oakland-Craig Schools FFA Chapter, the... Read More


Fall Site Preparation for Conservation Tree & Shrub Planting

October 21, 2018

If you are planning to establish a new livestock windbreak, farmstead windbreak, wildlife habitat planting, or other conservation tree and/or shrub project next spring, preparation of the planting site this fall is strongly encouraged. “Proper site preparation can make the difference of a new tree planting getting off to a good start or a... Read More

Buffer Strip

Funds Available to Establish Buffer Strips

October 21, 2018

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has funding available through the Nebraska Buffer Strip Program to assist landowners in establishing buffer strips.  Buffers provide an area to slow down water from rain events allowing suspended sediment and chemicals to drop out before reaching surface water bodies.  Landowners are paid to enroll... Read More

LCNRD Subdistricts

2018 Lewis & Clark NRD Election

October 21, 2018

Natural Resources Districts are political subdivisions charged by the Legislature to protect the natural resources of Nebraska. The Lewis and Clark NRD is guided by an eleven member board, representing five subdistricts with one at-large seat. Each elected director serves a four-year term with half of the directors elected every two years. The... Read More

Corn Field

Attention Producers in the Bazile Groundwater Management Area of the Lewis and Clark NRD "Application of fall commercial fertilizer prohibited"

October 5, 2018

With harvest and preparation for next year’s crop getting underway, the Lewis and Clark NRD (District) would like to remind landowners and crop producers in the Bazile Groundwater Management Area (BGMA) that fall commercial fertilizer application is prohibited. Townships regulated by the District include all of Creighton Township, all of... Read More

Cedar County Museum

Community Assistance to Enhance Natural Resources

September 21, 2018

The Lewis and Clark NRD sets aside funds each year to assist communities and other public entities in enhancing and protecting natural resources through the Community Assistance Program (CAP).  The NRD accepts applications year round and approves requests on a first come first served basis.  Any project that will have a positive impact on... Read More

Reminder to Irrigators

Reminder to Irrigators

September 21, 2018

If you are planning to expand irrigation to acres that have not been previously irrigated, it is important to check with the LCNRD staff before doing so.  As of August 1, 2014 the LCNRD requires well permits for high capacity wells and permits for expanding irrigation to acres that have not been previously irrigated.  If the acres proposed for... Read More


DNR requires all irrigation wells to be registered. Is your well properly registered?

September 21, 2018

State law requires that all irrigation wells be registered with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR). It is important to be certain that your well is not only registered but registered correctly to ensure that it is not determined to be an illegal well. An illegal well is one that has not been registered accurately with the DNR or... Read More

How wet is our planet station

Wonderful World of Water Program

September 21, 2018
Contact: Beth Walsh, Information & Education Coordinator

Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District (402) 336-3867


The Wonderful World of Water Festival was held September 19 at Gilman Park in Pierce.  Fifteen teams of ninth and tenth grade students from 10 schools across Northeast Nebraska descended... Read More


Bazlie Groundwater Management Area Survey Results

September 21, 2018

This past spring the Bazile Groundwater Management Area (BGMA) Project conducted a short survey to better understand the perspectives and current practices of those living and/or working within the BGMA.


A summary of the results from the survey can be found below. A full draft report of the survey results is also available. The... Read More

Meridian Trail

Parking Area and Pedestrian Turn-Around on Gavins Point Dam Meridian Trail Scheduled for Fall Construction

August 25, 2018

Revisions are planned for the Gavin’s Point Meridian Trail located along the Nebraska side of the Missouri River along Highway 121. The modifications include a parking area for access to the pedestrian and bicycle trail on the west end across from the Dam Fish Shack and a “hammer head” turn around near Murdo’s at Aten NE. The Meridian Trail... Read More

Native Cucumber Vine in Knox County.

Native Cucumber Vine Growing "Wild"

August 24, 2018

Native Cucumber Vine Growing “Wild”.


Steve Rasmussen,   Nebraska Forest Service District Forester


August 21, 2018


With all the moisture this year some of your trees and shrubs may be getting covered by a long vine with yellowgreenish-white flowers.  It might seem like the vine overtakes the... Read More

Cover Crops

Cover Crop Program Available with LCNRD

August 24, 2018



The Lewis and Clark NRD offers a cost-share program for residents in the three county area of Knox, Cedar, and Dixon.  The Cover Crop Program offers an incentive payment of 50% of the cost to establish cover crops to help protect soil resources over the winter months and... Read More

A tree girdled by weed barrier.

Weed Barrier May Be Choking Your Trees

August 24, 2018



Many landowners who plant windbreaks also apply weed barrier.  The black bio-degradable barrier eliminates the need for mechanical or chemical weed control directly between and around the trees.  Supplemental water and natural rainfall are held in the soil... Read More

Established cover crop, including turnips.

Sign-up by September 1st for LCNRD Cover Crop Program

July 20, 2018

The Lewis and Clark NRD offers a cost-share program for producers in Knox, Cedar, and Dixon Counties. The Cover Crop Program offers an incentive payment of up to $1,000 per year, for up to 3 years, to encourage the use of cover crops on fields up to 80 acres in size. The purpose of the program is to provide producers the opportunity to work... Read More

Proper Well Abandonment Procedure

Seal Abandoned or Unused Wells

July 20, 2018

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) provides cost share to seal unused or abandoned irrigation or domestic wells. If you have a well which is no longer serviceable and need to have it permanently taken out of service, the NRD’s cost share program provides up to 75% of the cost to properly seal the well.

... Read More
Powder Creek Wildlife Management Area

Visit your Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District Recreation Areas

July 20, 2018

If you are looking for somewhere to go and get some fresh air, enjoy the scenery, and maybe do some bird watching or fishing, visit one of the Lewis and Clark NRD recreation areas and enjoy what Northeast Nebraska has to offer. The recreation areas are home to many species of wildlife, fish, and birds. You can go fishing, go on a hike, have a... Read More

Nebraska Forest Service Logo

Cost Share Help for Controlling Cedar Trees

June 22, 2018

Eastern red cedar trees have been growing for the most part unchecked into pastures and hardwood forests in northeast Nebraska for 50+ years and now are considered a nuisance and unwanted.   With our management on the landscape and stopping the natural fire sequence that historically burned across the Great Plains prairie, we have given the... Read More

Star Tree Service planting trees in the LCNRD.

Busy Tree Planting Season for the LCNRD

June 22, 2018


The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) helps meet the demand of landowners to plant trees on their property by offering trees and shrubs for sale each spring. This season nearly 29,500 trees have been planted in Knox, Cedar, and Dixon Counties. Of that number, nearly 7,500 were... Read More

Helicopter lifting scientific equipment as it prepares to collect geologic measurements.

Helicopter to make low-level flights over northern Knox, Cedar, and Dixon Counties

June 22, 2018


Beginning in July, a helicopter with instruments mounted below, will collect and record geologic measurements to learn more about buried sand and gravel aquifers. The LCNRD has planned the flights with funding from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) through a Water... Read More

Field in LCNRD

Lewis & Clark NRD Encourages Producers to Use Best Management Practices When Applying Fertilizer

June 22, 2018

The corn crop is growing quickly, and many farmers are or will be applying fertilizer through chemigation at this critical time. Chemigation is an ideal way to apply the right amount of nitrogen at the right time in the growing season for increased yields. Timely application of nitrogen fertilizer throughout the growing season, not only... Read More

Graph of Lewis & Clark NRD Average Static Water Levels (District Wide)

Spring 2018 Well Measuring Results

May 25, 2018

The static water levels of 30 irrigation wells located throughout the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) are measured in the spring and fall each year. Groundwater levels measured this spring indicate that the levels have increased in nearly all of the wells monitored. Of the 30 wells measured, 24 showed increased groundwater... Read More

Smokey Bear visits Learning Tree Preschool Students

Smokey Bear visits Learning Tree Preschool Students

May 25, 2018

On May 1st the Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) and Nebraska Forest Service celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day with Learning Tree Preschool in Laurel. Smokey Bear made the trip to Laurel along with Northeast Nebraska District Forester Steve Rasmussen who told the students all about how Smokey protects forests from forest... Read More

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