WHY PLANT CONSERVATION TREES?
The first Nebraskan settlers realized the value of trees. They planted millions of trees on barren homesteads to help fulfill their basic needs for protection, building material, fuel, and food. Planting trees became a Nebraska tradition and Nebraska proudly became known as “The Tree Planter State”. Today, all Nebraskans benefit from the trees planted by our forefathers.
Trees continue to be an important part of Nebraska’s landscape. It is estimated there is a need to annually plant about 6 million trees in Nebraska. A shelter belt planting can provide multiple benefits including:
- Environment: Helpful in carbon removal, returns oxygen to the atmosphere.
- Crop Protection: Protects crops against drought by providing protection from wind and heavy rain.
- Livestock Protection: Reduces stress on livestock during heat and winter storms.
- Wildlife Habitat: Provides over-winter refuges, nesting sites and pollen and nectar feeding sources and protects other habitat.
- Soil Conservation: Creates natural barriers that protect soil and crops
- Water Quality: A cover of trees and shrubs minimizes soil erosion, stabilizes stream banks in riparian areas, and removes soil contaminants.
- Food: Many trees and shrubs are a valuable source of fruit and nuts for humans and animals.
- Water Management: Can reduce surface water runoff and pollution to the streams.
If you are interested in planting trees you can order seedlings in bundles of 25 from LCNRD. Order forms are available by contacting LCNRD at 402-254-6758 or at lcnrd.nebraska.gov/forestry. For information on developing a conservation tree plan contact your local NRCS office.
Chemigation is an efficient method for applying fertilizer and pesticide to growing crops. If you plan to use irrigation for the application of fertilizer and/or pesticide the Nebraska Chemigation Act requires you have a Chemigation Permit. Irrigation systems that had permits in 2021 are eligible to renew the permit at a cost of $20.00 each... Read More
LOCAL STUDENTS EVALUATE THE BOW CREEK WATERSHED
Tuesday, May 10th, high school students from Cedar Catholic and Hartington Newcastle Public schools participated in hands-on activities to evaluate the water quality of Bow Creek. Students from both schools’ science classes and the Hartington Newcastle FFA chapter were divided into three groups based on their interests.
One group... Read More
PROTECTING YOUR TREES IN TIMES OF DROUGHT
We are starting this spring off with a below than average ground moisture due to the unusually dry winter we had. With the ground being dryer than usual and possibly a drier than usual summer here are some recommendation to protect a tree planting in a water scarce year:Provide supplemental water - trees planted in the last 10 years may... Read More
LEWIS AND CLARK NRD AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO AREA SENIORS
The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) awarded two Patefield-Green Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors in 2022. The LCNRD provides college scholarship funds to graduates who intend to pursue agricultural related career, in hopes that they will return and contribute to local communities and to the protection and... Read More
DISTRICT OFFICIALS CONCERNED ABOUT SODBUSTER IMPACTS
Land within the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) boundaries has experienced considerable conversion of pasture and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land to row crop. Grassland acres with steep slopes which are broken out and brought into crop production run a high risk for erosion which could lead to sediment problems for... Read More
LEWIS AND CLARK NRD ENCOURAGES PRODUCERS TO USE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WHEN APPLYING FERTILIZER
After a long dry winter, farmers are heading out to fields preparing for spring planting. For some that means tilling and fertilizing fields. When applying fertilizer, knowing what nutrients remain in the soil from last year could save time and money. If you will be planting corn, sampling for soil nutrient content, especially nitrogen, is... Read More
Funds Available to Establish Buffer Strips
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has funding available through the Nebraska Buffer Strip Program to assist landowners in establishing buffer strips. A buffer strip provides an area between a stream and crop ground to maximize filtration of water from rain events allowing suspended sediment and chemicals to drop out before reaching... Read More
LEWIS AND CLARK NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT PROMOTES STEWARDSHIP WEEK
The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD), in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), is celebrating Stewardship Week from April 24 – May 1, 2022, focusing on the theme “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life.”
LCNRD is a member of NACD, which oversees the annual Stewardship Week program, now in its... Read More
2021 Fall Well Measurements
The static water level of 34 irrigation wells, from selected locations throughout the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD), is measured semi-annually. Fall 2021 readings, following a pumping season that was heavier than recent years, show average water levels lower than the fall of 2020. All of the 34... Read More