Eakins & Snyder / Snyder Bros of Keith County, Nebraska
2015 Grassland Conservation Award Presented The Eakins & Snyder / Snyder Bros. operation from Paxton has been awarded the Twin Platte Natural Resources District 2015 Grassland Conservation Award. The presentation was made at a December 8th award banquet held at the Haythorn Ranch Figure 4 Traditions Event Center. There to receive the award were Bruce and Roxie Snyder, Ken Snyder, and Don and Karen Eakins. The family members received an award plaque and an outdoor sign which was sponsored by First National Bank of North Platte. (From left) Twin Platte Natural Resources District Board Chairman Dennis Schilz and Grasslands Stewardship Coordinator Bill Carhart, Roxie and Bruce Snyder, Ken Snyder, and Karen and Don Eakins, and First National Bank of North Platte President Greg Wilke. Not present for picture was Chris Snyder, Ken’s wife. (Jeff Headley photo)
Frimann Family Farm of Lincoln County, Nebraska
Steve and Sharon Frimann began planting trees a few years after purchasing their home and rangeland in northeast Lincoln County. The initial planting of 560 trees and shrubs were planted under the Twin Platte NRD Conservation Trees Program in 1998. A combination of Austrian Pine, Jack Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, and Rocky Mountain Juniper were added to existing Cedar windbreaks as additional rows. Shrub plantings included Cotoneaster, Sumac, Sand Cherry, Choke Cherry, and Lilac. All trees and shrubs were planted into a prepared bed with water conservation mulch and drip tape installed under the fabric.
Spurgin Family Farm of Keith County, Nebraska
Elias and Lillie Hanna Spurgin homesteaded in this area in 1884. Their son, Abraham and his wife, Ella, also homesteaded on the same section. Since then, five generations of Spurgins have been involved in agriculture and passed on their love of the land. The Spurgin family farm is owned and operated by Gerald and Janice Spurgin. Gerald and Janice have three sons: Jeremy and wife Caroline, and children, Ali, Kepler, Andi, and Ty; Jonathan; and Jacob; and one daughter Jocelyn, and all are involved in the family farming operation.
Brosius Ranch / Robert & Jennifer Bosius of Lincoln County, Nebraska
John Brosius was born in 1838 at Schleidweiler, Germany, where he was educated above the average. In 1883 Mr. Brosius came with his wife and children from Germany to Minnesota and then in early 1884 came to Logan County, Nebraska and took up homestead five miles south of Gandy on 159.89 acres. It was a time when there were no fences in the County.
Roric and Deb Paulman of Lincoln County, Nebraska
In 1985, Roric and Deb Paulman left Omaha and returned to the family farm in Sutherland, Nebraska. Shortly after they returned, Roric’s father unexpectedly passed away. They were a young couple with two babies, thrown into a whirlwind. Out of the fog emerged Paulman Farms; a custom farming operation. They have, with the help of many, grown their operation to look as it does today.
Conservation, you had to have your plan approved; “highly erodible,” “farmable wetlands,” all became part of your vocabulary if you were to qualify for program compliance. Habitat management captured acres. It was a natural fit to integrate the same kind of thinking to all of the acres. Recently, a good friend of the Paulman’s said, “good conservation will not happen without economic benefit”. With those words echoing in the background, many of the initiatives on their farm in water and land resource management can be quantified in energy and input cost savings.
Otter Creek Ranch of Keith County, Nebraska
The Twin Platte Natural Resources District presented its 2012 Grassland Conservation Award at a banquet held the evening of Tuesday December 11 at the Haythorn Ranch Figure Four Traditions Event Center. The Otter Creek Ranch received the award, which was presented to Don and Joyce Tisdall – Owners and K.C. Peterson – Manager. The award consists of two plaques and an outdoor sign for the northwest Keith County ranch. The award was sponsored this year by Adams Bank and Trust, which was represented at the banquet by Bruce Luehrs.
Gerry and Shari Kraus of Keith County, Nebraska
Gerard Kraus grew up on the family farm north of Madrid, NE. In 1971, after graduation from the University of NE at Omaha, Gerry returned to his Dad’s (John Kraus) farm in Perkins County. In 1973, Gerry married Shari Dodson of North Platte. They both had teaching degrees but continued to farm with his Dad until 1975, when Gerry took a job with Sisco Fertilizer, where he helped develop some of the first no-till corn crops in the area. In 1978, the family (now with two daughters), moved to a farm-job south of Paxton. In 1980, they had the opportunity to buy some dry-land cropland in Perkins County, which was then converted to center-pivot irrigation. In 1981, they moved four miles east of Ogallala and rented farm land from Robert Lute.
Whitewater Ranch / Stewart Allen Family of Lincoln County, Nebraska
Whitewater, Inc. operates ranching interests in the Sandhills of Arthur and McPherson Counties. The ranch was established in 1884 and is owned and operated by Stewart and Kathy Allen, Mark Allen, Matt and Audra Allen, and their children Kegan, Kaleb, and Kirsten. Stewart and Kathy manage the business headquarters in Lincoln County. Matt and Audra live at Three Mile Ranch and their children represent the seventh generation of the ranching family. The ranch maintains a cow herd, and the majority of the calves are sold as yearlings.
Krawjewski Family Farms of Keith County, Nebraska
David Krajewski began planting trees for conservation in 1992, with his first 240 machine planted trees under the Twin Platte Natural Resources District Conservation Trees Program. Ten years later in 2002, David and the rest of the Krajewski Family Farms which includes his wife, Diane, and sons, Dan, Dustin, Dean, and Darin, once again planted trees under the Tree Program with another 3,852 machine planted trees. Since 2002, the farm has continued annual tree plantings through the NRD, NRCS, and FSA tree programs.
Broken Box Ranch / Sundstrom Family of Lincoln County, Nebraska
2011 State Award Winner
The Sundstrom family has owned and taken care of land in Lincoln County since the early 1900’s. Edward Sundstrom came to the United States from Sweden in 1904. In 1908, he married Christine Pearson in Dawson County. She also was born in Sweden and came to America seeking a better life. They settled on land between Brady and Moorefield and had three sons. Their youngest son, Chester, was born in 1913 and continued an interest in the land and raised cattle. Chester married Thelma Miller in 1940 and lived briefly in California when their son Larry was born. They soon moved back to the “good life” in Nebraska. Two more children, Kay and Raymond, joined the family. They lived many years in the hills between Brady and Moorefield. Larry married Donna Sommer in 1967 and they continued working with the land and livestock. Larry and Donna’s sons Rustin (Russ) and Neil are the 4th generation of Sundstroms to provide stewardship for the land. The boys credit their Dad and Grandpa for the strong conservation education they received from them growing up on the land.
James Fleecs Family of Lincoln County, Nebraska
After returning home from the service in 1970, Jim Fleecs began farming and ranching with his brother, Lloyd. Jim started his own cow/calf and yearling operation in 1987. Through the years, the ranch has added and upgraded multiple livestock watering systems and cross fenced pastures. All of this has enabled the ranch to run larger numbers of cattle for shorter time frames as part of a rotational grazing plan, which has led to improved range conditions, plant diversity, and additional wildlife habitat.
Lute Homestead Ranch and Krab Ranch of Keith County, Nebraska
This year, the Lute Ranch of Keith County, Nebraska celebrates its’ 125th anniversary, and continues the family ranching tradition started by brothers Fred W. Lute and John Lute in 1884. The original homestead house located four miles east of Ogallala was built with limestone quarried from the hills located just north of the dwelling, and is still standing today. Fred W. Lute and his son, Fred H. Lute, expanded the operation to land in Arthur County, Nebraska, which continues in operation today. Fred H. Lute’s son, Robert F. Lute Sr. and his daughters, Rose Sara and Lula Lute, shared ownership of the ranch through the 1980’s.
John & Maureen Childears of Northern Lincoln County, Nebraska
In 1992, John & Maureen Childears purchased farmland in northeast Lincoln County. That same year, they repaired the 1954 irrigation well (concrete casing) and repaired/replaced two pivot systems. In the spring of 1993, two pivot corners (Valentine Sand) were planted to trees and shrubs, with fabric mulch for the trees but not the shrubs. These plantings were assisted, guided, and cost-shared by the Twin Platte Natural Resources District. In addition, one corner was placed in a 10 year contract with the Nebraska Game and Parks. This corner included seeding to warm season grasses and native wildflowers, Rocky Mountain Juniper, and a variety of shrubs. Both 1993 and 1994 were very wet years. Plenty of rain and two hand weedings each year resulted in an excellent survival rate. However, the shrub survival without mulch was only two-thirds successful.
Paul & Janet Heinrich of Paxton, Nebraska
Paul and Janet Heinrich began their farming career upon returning home from college in 1978. They now reside in the family home, south of Paxton, built by Paul’s parents in 1950. The Heinrich family currently raises corn, soybeans, and wheat, but has raised crops as diverse as alfalfa, sunflowers, popcorn, kidney beans, pinto beans, milo, barley, rye, and millet. While greatly honored to receive this award, much of the credit goes to Paul’s parents, Benjamin and Ruby, as they made efforts to be good stewards of the land by practicing methods of conservation that available equipment and technology would allow.
JK Acres of Brule, Nebraska
In 1997, with the help of fellow farmer Dave Washa, Tom Kalkowski rented a few hundred acres of crop and accretion ground from the Brown Family Trust. Later, with the help of Mr. Gerald Brown, Tom purchased the ground he had been farming. Sheila and Jerry Jorgensen joined the farm in 1999. Years of grazing on the accretion ground had decimated the existing quail and pheasant populations. The eggs (and a few chicks that did hatch) were easy prey for predators since there was little cover to protect them.
Edna Peterson of Brady, Nebraska
Edna Peterson was preparing for life on the ranch at an early age, having ridden a horse to school three miles each way, including to high school at Farnam. After graduation she took a K-8 teaching position in Stapleton. She also taught at Eustis and at various rural schools. Edna and Lloyd met and were married on December 31, 1948. They had no children of their own, but took in numerous foster children over the years. Though challenging at times, raising foster children was rewarding for the Petersons, especially as Edna sees them succeed later on in life.
Lute Ranches of Arthur County, Nebraska
In 1884, the Lute Ranches started with the original Homestead Ranch in Keith County along the banks of the South Platte River and beside the Westward Trails. In 1920, the Lute Family began the acquisition of what would eventually become The Lute Ranches of Arthur County. After the death of Robert F. Lute II in 1992, Robert’s widow, Kathy Lute established the Robert F. Lute II Trust to carry on and preserve the legacy of the Lute Family ranching tradition. The goals of the Robert F. Lute II Trust are to preserve and improve the ranching operation, while protecting and conserving the natural resources of this fragile ecosystem.
Don & Marcia Colvin of North Platte, Nebraska
In the spring of 1975, Don and Marcia Colvin began their farming operation in the Platte River Valley area, located five miles west and two miles north of North Platte, Nebraska. In 1981, they purchased the farm where they now reside. The primary crops of their farming operation include irrigated corn and alfalfa. Conventional farming practices have been replaced over the years with minimum and no-till methods.
Rocky & Diane Hoffman of North Platte, Nebraska
In 1978, Rocky and Diane Hoffmann purchased an acreage 10 miles south of North Platte. The tract was part of the old Hunter property, and a neighbor remembers planting corn with a horse-drawn planter on the site in the late 1920’s. Later, during the dust bowl years, the fields that he had worked with horse and planter blew into a huge sand dune. In the late 1930’s, Hunter planted a few rows of Cottonwoods he had pulled from the South Platte River to control the blowing sand. Most of those Cottonwoods had died by the time the Hoffmanns had moved onto the acreage, but remnant survivors of that original planting symbolized hard work with a shovel and a bucket to conserve the fragile soil. Those old Cottonwoods triggered a plan for a new planting. The wind blew constantly during July when the house was being constructed, and the Hoffmann’s were determined to temper the harsh environment.
Most Farms of Ogallala, Nebraska
In 1950 following his high school graduation, Don Most began his career of farming and ranching on the family farm southeast of Ogallala. In 1951 after the death of his father, Don took over the farm. In 1955 he purchased the home place and married Anita Gengenbach, and they have resided there ever since. Two children were born to Don and Anita; Melanie and Samuel. Sam joined the family farm in 1982 following his graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Agricultural Economics.
Wayne & Joan Hansmeier, Kingsley Cattle Co. of Keystone, Nebraska
Wayne and Joan Hansmeier, owners of Kingsley Cattle Company, purchased their Keystone, Nebraska ranch in 1987 from Terry and Chris McGinley and Bill and Jane Walker. With the help of the cost-share program with Twin Platte Natural Resources District, the Hansmeier’s have planted trees almost every year since purchasing the property. During the first few years, they planted trees and used water conservation mulch to build a windbreak for livestock. It became a struggle to get this windbreak established due to drought and rodent damage, so the Hansmeier’s shortened the grove and transplanted some of the trees.
Clarence & Lila Arensdorf of Sutherland, Nebraska
Clarence & Lila Arensdorf are being recognized for a long-standing commitment to conserve and enhance the grasslands of southwestern McPherson County. Clarence has lived and worked there his entire life on land that has been in the family since 1919, when Clarence’s Dad, N.G. (Nick) Arensdorf, bought the property. Clarence and Lila were married in 1949, and they have been taking care of the place ever since. In 1953, they bought out the family’s land and cattle.
Krab Inc. of Paxton, Nebraska
Mads and Kirsten (Norgaard) Krab came to the Paxton area in 1891 after arriving from Wahoo, Nebraska, and having previously sailed from Denmark in 1880. The home site consisted of a quarter section of leased school land and they lived in a sod house until 1912 with two sons and six daughters. Their son, Martin, and Lucille (Hagge) Krab were married in 1928 and continued the operation by purchasing a section of grassland in 1940. Their son, Gene, and Jeanne (Perlinger) Krab were married in 1953. When Gene returned in 1955 after serving four years in the Air Force as S/Sgt, they continued operating the land near Paxton and in 1973 incorporated to form Krab Inc. with the help of their family. Their children include: Rhonda & Mike Bailey of Lincoln; Mike & Chris (Buss) Krab of Ogallala; Rod Krab of Paxton; Steve & Tweety (Kramer) Krab of Paxton; and LuAnn & Jeff Kluch of Papillion. Gene works with Rod and Steve as the main operators for Krab Inc. Their operation also relies on the help of the Rollie Albro family, Brad Bown, and Gene’s grandchildren, the Bryan Krab family and Martin Krab, who is presently serving in the U.S. Army.
Larry & Phyllis Kracman of North Platte, Nebraska
Larry and Phyllis Kracman were married in 1966 and lived in Gothenburg, Nebraska. At that time, Larry’s lifelong practices of good conservation really began to take hold. Phyllis was a schoolteacher north of Gothenburg, and Larry farmed some of the family ground. In 1967 Larry and Phyllis started Kracman Fertilizer Inc. at Brady. This well known fertilizer business was a labor of love for Larry and Phyllis. They operated the business for 23 years, with Larry as the owner/manager, and Phyllis as the bookkeeper. In 1980 they purchased their home north of Brady, where they planted hundreds of trees. At this time, Larry realized that he would not live there forever, but the trees would be there long after he was gone.
Skip and Eileen Marland & Schaeffer Family Farms of North Platte, Nebraska
In the fall of 1979, Skip and Eileen Marland purchased a half section of sandhills valley land from Levi and Amelia Powell, approximately nine miles northeast of North Platte. This was in conjunction with a full section of land selling at public auction that Mr. and Mrs. Powell had owned from 1947 to 1979.
Grapes Farms of Brule, Nebraska
In 1934, Ivan Grapes and his brother, Bill Grapes, moved to this part of the country. In those first years living on a farm 15 miles northwest of Brule where the north table dropped down to the North Platte River, there were very few conservation practices being utilized. That changed with the drought of the thirties, and the need to stop the north and west winds on one of the highest elevation points in Keith County. After only one year of surviving the elements, Ivan’s brother Bill and his wife left for California. Ivan remained on the farm and began planting trees to provide shelter. He was on his own until 1938 when he married Tiny. Together, Ivan and Tiny continued to plant more trees for protection against abrasive storms. In both 1956 and 1957, Ivan and his son Ron planted several more windbreaks with bareroot trees, utilizing a Tree Conservation Program with the Halsey National Forest in Halsey, Nebraska. The trees were all hand plants, with replacement trees being taken from the pasture.
Newman Family Farm of Big Springs, Nebraska
Dick Newman owns a farm approximately 20 miles southwest of Ogallala, Nebraska. The property was deeded as the “Lone Tree Ranch” due to the fact that only one tree stood on the entire ranch and surrounding area. The original owner was Cyrus McCormick, who purchased the land in 1885 from the Union Pacific Railroad via a government program to help fund the railroad project.
Fear Ranch Co. of Sutherland, Nebraska
The Fear Ranch Co. is a good example of how commitment to land stewardship contributes to the stability and longevity of a ranch. Landan and Larren Fear have the privilege of being the sixth generation to live on the Fear Ranch. Their dad, Larry, is currently taking care of the land and cattle on the cow-calf-yearling operation, located about halfway between Sutherland and Wallace, Hershey, and Dickens. Bob Fear, Larry’s father, recently moved to town after his long career managing the place. The ranch currently consists of 16,700 owned and leased contiguous acres, which has been added to mostly a section or two at a time. At one time, both of Larry’s paternal great-great grandparents lived on what has now been acquired by the ranch.
Korty Land & Cattle of Paxton, Nebraska
Marcellus and Phyllis Schulz began in 1944 what would become Korty Land & Cattle with 563 acres of land, 10 milk cows, 100 baby chickens, and a bank loan to purchase feed, equipment, and 30 head of steers. The cattle were fed with a small wagon and a scoop shovel in those days. Marcellus competently guided those early years of the operation with the help of his wife and their four children; Sharon, Calvin, Dennis, and Marcia. With the additional help of dedicated employees, this family enterprise has grown into the present farming, ranching, cattle feeding, and land improvement business that it is, which provides a good living for many families while conserving natural resources.
Richard & Elaine Bode of North Platte, Nebraska
In April of 1978, Richard and Elaine Bode began their farming operation located three miles south and three miles west of Hershey, in partnership with Elaine’s parents, Orval and Frieda Einspahr. Orval and Frieda retired in 1984. Elaine’s grandparents, Fred and Ruby Hackbarth, had originally owned the land. Rick farmed with his family and worked as a well driller for Staska Well Drilling Co. at Albion, Nebraska, before he and Elaine moved to the Hershey area.
Dave and Denise Manary of North Platte, Nebraska
Dave and Denise Manary operate a ranch 10 miles northwest of North Platte. Ranching is not their primary business, as Dave has been a dentist since 1971, practicing in North Platte for 21 years. Denise is a Certified Dental Technician with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, and has worked in their dental office for the past 18 years. Dave’s grandparents ranched near where Dave and Denise now live, and a portion of that ranch now belongs to Dave and Denise. When Dave was a youngster visiting his grandparents ranch, he frequently admired the nearby ranch of Fred and Nellie Jackson. The Jackson property was especially appealing to Dave because of the numerous trees and the six acre spring fed pond. The pond is the headwaters of the White Horse Creek. As a young man, Dave hoped to someday own the Jackson place, a goal he never forgot.
Harms Inc. of Brule, Nebraska
The Harms Family came to Brule, Nebraska in 1909. The youngest son of the Harms family, Evert, farmed north of Brule. Evert entered into a rental agreement with his son Milan to farm the land and to share rangeland from 1955 until Evert’s death in 1960.
The farm was incorporated and named Harms Inc. Milan then became a full time partner with his mother Margaret, until purchasing Harms Inc. in the late 1970’s.
Greg and Peggy Gade of Lewellen, Nebraska
The Gade Ranch is located nine miles east of Lewellen on Highway 92. Greg’s parents purchased the land several years ago. Greg moved there after graduating from high school in 1980, and began ranching full-time with his father.
In 1983, Greg married Peggy Stockey. They made their home on the ranch and have lived there for the last 15 years. They have a 12 year old daughter Tara, and a 10 year old son Blake.
Don and Rosemary Johnson of North Platte, Nebraska
The Johnson Ranch originated in 1898 when Don’s grandfather, Chris Johnson Sr., homesteaded on the present headquarters of the Johnson Ranch. The ranch was expanded by Don’s parents, Chris Jr. and Katherine Johnson. Under the management of Don and Rosemary, the ranch has expanded further to its present size of 9,100 acres.
Melvin & Faye Bayne of Hershey, Nebraska
Currently, the farming operation consists of 460 total acres. The cropland includes 350 acres of irrigated corn and 100 acres of irrigated alfalfa. Conservation work, which has been or is being utilized, includes 350 acres of minimum tillage, with 450 acres of proper treatment of cropland.
Geisert Family Farm of Ogallala, Nebraska
Soil conservation has always been a big part of this farm operation. Even though primitive efforts were made in the early years, improvements began with some of the first terrraces in Keith County under the newly formed Soil Conservation District. These terraces, which have been built with a John Deere A and a two bottom plow, were seeded to grass and are still in existence today. Currently, 20 miles of terraces have been installed and rebuilt at various times.
Kelly Ranch of Sutherland, Nebraska
The Kelly Ranch of Sutherland, Nebraska was named winner of the 1997 Twin Platte Natural Resources Districts Conservation Award. The Kelly Family has steadily made improvements to their ranch over the years, by being committed to the needs of natural resources in their care. They have initiated conservation practices on their own, and have also participated in the Agriculture Conservation Program and Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program. Not only have range conditions improved for livestock, but also wildlife has benefitted. The ranch is home to mule and whitetail deer, pheasants, quail, grouse, turkey, and a few antelope. The Kelly’s have fenced off their land from the North Platte River to keep cattle from the river to improve water quality and to prevent streambank erosion.
Ray and Anita Hengen of North Platte, Nebraska
Ray and Anita Hengen are involved in a farming operation eight miles northeast of North Platte. Ray’s dad, Clarence Hengen, purchased the farm in the mid 1940’s. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Hengen family began hand planting 500 Eastern Red Cedar trees for windbreak establishment. The family’s ultimate goal was to provide protection for their livestock, as well as providing protection for the farmstead. Upon Clarence’s death in 1988, Ray and his mother, Ella, assumed the responsibility of ownership and operation of the farm. After years of improvements, the Hengen’s own and operate 800 acres, consisting of 85 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program and 715 acres in rangeland.
Denny and Rona Ansley of Lemoyne, Nebraska
After years of improvements, the Ansleys own and operate 3,200 acres consisting of 135 acres of alfalfa and oats under pivot irrigation, and 3,065 acres of rangeland which supports a 250 cow/calf operation. Examples of conservation work which have been or are being utilized include: proper irrigation management practices by using minimum tillage and low energy pressure on an irrigation pivot system; proper planned grazing and range rotation; three miles of livestock pipeline to include five tanks; and one windmill and two miles of cross fencing.
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2005 Board of Director Meetings
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2002 Board of Director Meetings
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2003 Board of Director Meetings
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2000 Board of Director Meetings
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2001 Board of Director Meetings
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What are Natural Resources Districts?
The Nebraska Legislature enacted laws in 1972 to combine 154 special purpose entities into 24 Natural Resources Districts. A merger in 1989 reduced that number to 23 Natural Resources Districts. These Districts are unique to Nebraska. Natural Resources Districts are local government units with broad responsibilities to conserve and protect natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries, enabling Districts to respond best to local needs.
Power & Authorities:
Each Natural Resources District has the power and authority to levy a tax, with limits, for each one hundred dollars of taxable property. The levy limit established by State Statute Section 77-3442 for Natural Resources Districts is 4.5 Cents; plus up to 1.0 cent for ground water management activities as allowed by State Statute Section 2-3225, plus 3.0 cents for ground water management activities for Natural Resources Districts designated as fully appropriated or over appropriated as allowed by State Statute Section 2-3225. The Twin Platte Natural Resources District was designated as fully appropriated and over appropriated in 2004. The money from the tax is used along with other funding sources (cost-share programs, grants, and special assessments) for Twin Platte Natural Resources District operations.
Natural Resources Districts can offer technical and financial assistance to public and private cooperators for activities that support Natural Resources Districts stated purposes. Natural Resources Districts can provide specialized equipment materials and services to landowners that are not otherwise readily available, and assist them in soil and water conservation. Natural Resources Districts have the necessary authorities to manage the ground water resources to insure the future sustainability of the ground water. By cooperating with, combining, and administering funds of other state, local, and federal agencies, Natural Resources Districts provide a wide variety of services to protect Nebraska’s natural resources.
A locally elected board of directors governs the Natural Resources Districts. The Twin Platte Natural Resources District has 11 board members from Arthur and Keith Counties, the northern two-thirds of Lincoln County, and the western two-thirds of McPherson County. Elected sub-district 1 represents the Sandhills region and a part of the City of North Platte; sub-district 2 represents the canyonlands and harder rangelands of southern Lincoln County, the croplands of east central and northeast Lincoln County, and a part of the City of North Platte; sub-district 3 represents a part of the City of North Platte; sub-district 4 represents the North Platte River and South Platte River Valleys in Lincoln County and a part of the City of North Platte; and sub-district 5 represents the cropland of southern and western Keith County and the City of Ogallala.
If you are a LANDOWNER and would like your tenant to receive the certification paperwork, please contact our office with your information.
If you are a TENANT and would like to receive the certification paperwork, please contact our office with your information.
If you receive the paperwork and can’t meet with us in the allowed time, please contact our office to make other arrangements.
To see a map of how each county was broken down into sub-areas, please click on RegionsMap.
To check on the ongoing progress of certifying irrigated acres, please click here.
If you do not agree with the NRDs assessment of irrigated acres, other information that you may bring in to help prove your case includes the following:
County Assessor records,
Any other information you feel might benefit your cause.
Data Layer (within Twin Platte NRD)
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Note: For any GIS Data Request, Please Contact Phil Heimann GIS Coordinator
This is a spreadsheet created using Microsoft Excel ’97.
This is a spreadsheet created using Microsoft Excel ’97.
Use this table to find the figure for line 7 on your Annual Nitrogen and Water Management Report
This is a spreadsheet created using Microsoft Excel ’97.
Irrigation System – Drip
To apply irrigation water efficiently to the plant root zone, in order to maintain soil moisture within the range for good plant growth without excessive water loss, erosion, reduction in water quality, or salt accumulation.
To close ground water wells that are no longer in working use to prevent pollutants from entering the ground water. Financial assistance is available through state and local funding by the Twin Platte Natural Resources District.
Irrigation System – Sprinkler
To efficiently and uniformly apply irrigation water to maintain adequate soil moisture for optimum plant growth without causing excessive water loss, erosion, or reduced water quality.
Irrigation System – Surface and Sub-Surface
To efficiently convey and distribute irrigation water to the point of application without excessive erosion, water loss, or reduction in water quality.
Pipelines for Irrigation
To provide a permanent conveyance facility for water from the supply of water, to the source receiving the water; hence, conserving ground or surface water.
Best Management Practices – Water
To get the most efficient and effective use of irrigation water and fertilizer, without over or under applying, at the most economical benefit.
To conserve ground water by applying precise amounts of water to crops at necessary stages of crop development.
To develop a pest management program consistent with selected crop production goals that are environmentally acceptable.
To promote and educate the public about ground water and surface water by using hands on learning. Contact the Twin Platte Natural Resources District to schedule a presentation for your group.
Flood Control – Brule & Ogallala Watersheds
To impound runoff, conserve water, prevent erosion, prevent pollution, and to enhance ground water recharge.
Water Quality – Nitrates
To prevent ground water contamination of nitrates and other pollutants by monitoring current water composition. The Natural Resources District has monitored for nitrates for 15 years.
Water Quantity – Flow Meter
A tool to measure irrigation water that could benefit water conservation. The Twin Platte Natural Resources District staff is available to help producers on-site to measure flows.
To reduce excess amounts of sediment, organic material, nutrients, pesticides, and other pollutants in surface runoff; reduce excess nutrients and other chemicals in shallow ground water; moderate water temperatures to improve habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms; provide a source of organic matter and large woody debris for fish and other aquatic organisms; lessen detrimental impacts to riparian areas including stream channels and adjacent lands caused by high and low water flows; reduce the rate of lateral stream channel movements; provide habitat for cover for numerous species of wildlife during periods of their life cycle; and produce wood products such as lumber, firewood, and posts.
Irrigation System – Tail Water Recovery
To conserve farm irrigation water supplies and water quality by collecting the irrigation water that runs off the surface of sloping fields, and making this water available for reuse on the farm.
Irrigation Water Conveyance
To reduce water loss, prevent water logging of land, prevent erosion, and maintain water quality. This may be defined as a fixed lining of impervious material in an existing or newly constructed irrigation field ditch, irrigation canal, or lateral.
Irrigation Water Management
To effectively use available irrigation water supply in managing and controlling the moisture environment of crops to promote the desired crop response, to minimize soil erosion and loss of plant nutrients, to control undesirable water loss, and to protect water quality.
To supply plant nutrients for optimum forage and crop yields, or to supply nutrients while minimizing entry of nutrients to surface and ground water.
Trough or Tank
To provide watering facilities for livestock at selected locations that will protect vegetative cover through proper distribution of grazing, or through better grassland management for erosion control.
To supply ground water from different types of wells, including domestic, irrigation, and livestock wells. Construction and operation of these wells must follow specific rules regulated by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for the protection of the water quality.
To divert excess water from areas to sites where it can be used or disposed of safely. A diversion is classified as a channel with a supporting ridge on the lower side constructed across the slope. It is important to note that there are several sites where this practice may or may not apply.
Construction of Water and Sediment Control Basins
To reduce on-site erosion, reduce sediment, reduce sediment content in water, intercept and conduct surface runoff through sub-surface conduits to stable outlets, and reduce peak rate or volume of flow at down slope locations. Water and Sediment Control Basins reduce flooding, prevent gully development, and reform the land surface.
To remove sediment and other pollutants from runoff or waste water by filtration, infiltration, absorption, decomposition, and volatilization, thereby reducing pollution and protecting the environment. A filter strip is defined as a strip or area of vegetation for removing sediment, organic matter, and other pollutants from runoff and waste water.
To provide for the disposal of excess surface water from terraces, diversions, or from natural concentrations without causing erosion or flooding, and to improve water quality. To be classified a grassed waterway it must be a natural or constructed channel that is shaped or graded to require suitable vegetation established for the stable conveyance of runoff.
Irrigation Re-Use Pit
To collect and store water until it can be used beneficially to satisfy crop irrigation requirements.
To reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, improve water quality, and create or enhance wildlife habitat. Establishing and maintaining perennial vegetative cover to protect soil and water resources on land retired from agricultural production, including land entered into retirement programs.
Cross Wind Strips
To practice as part of a conservation management system for support of the reduction of soil erosion from wind, reduce the transport of wind-born sediment and sediment-borne contaminants, and to protect growing crops from damage by wind-borne soil particles. Herbaceous covers, resistant to wind erosion, established in strips across the prevailing wind direction works well for cropland. Establishing narrow strips perpendicular to the prevailing wind direction may do this.
To provide distinct and specific storage allocations for two or more of the following purposes: floodwater retardation, irrigation, fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, or other recreational use, improve environment or habitat for fish or wildlife, municipal, industrial, and other uses. A dam is classified as being constructed across a stream or natural watercourse, with design reservoir storage capacity designed specifically for two or more purposes.
To restore both the hydrology and the wetland plant communities to conditions similar to those that existed before site modification.
Critical Area Planting
To stabilize the soil, reduce damage from sediment and runoff to downstream areas, improve wildlife habitat, and visual resources. Planting vegetation such as trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, or legumes on highly erodible or critically eroding areas.
To reduce excess amounts of sediment, organic material, nutrients, pesticides, and other pollutants in surface runoff; reduce excess nutrients and other chemicals in shallow groundwater; moderate water temperatures to improve habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms; provide a source of organic matter and large woody debris for fish and other aquatic organisms; lessen detrimental impacts to riparian areas including stream channels and adjacent lands caused by high and low water flows; reduce the rate of lateral stream channel movement; provide habitat for cover for numerous species of wildlife during periods of their life cycle; and produce wood products such as lumber, firewood, and posts.
To reduce slope length, erosion, and sediment content in runoff water; intercept and conduct surface runoff at a non-erosive velocity to a stable outlet; retain runoff for moisture conservation; prevent gully development; reform the land surface; improve farmability; reduce flooding; or improve water quality. A terrace is considered an earth embankment, a channel, or a combination ridge and channel constructed across the slope.
To establish or reinforce a stand of trees to conserve soil and moisture, control snow drifting, prevent wind damage to farmsteads, provide shelter for livestock, beautify an area, protect a watershed, or improve an area for wildlife and production of wood crops. To see conservation trees and shrub varieties available state-wide, click on the link. For trees and shrubs available locally in the TPNRD, contact Dave at the TPNRD office in North Platte.
This practice may be applied as part of a conservation management system to support reduced sheet and till erosion, reduced wind erosion, conserve soil moisture, manage snow to increase available plant moisture or reduce plant damage from freezing or drifting, and provide food and cover for wildlife. Residue management is managing the amount, orientation, and distribution of crop and other plant residues on the soil surface year-round, while growing crops in narrow slots or tilled strips in previously untilled soil and residue.
Grade Stabilization Structures
To stabilize the grade and control erosion in natural or artificial channels, to prevent the formation or advancement of gullies, and to enhance environmental quality and reduce pollution hazards.
Waste Management Systems
To manage waste in rural areas in a manner that prevents or minimizes degradation of air, soil, and water resources, and protects public health and safety. Such systems are planned to preclude discharge of pollutants to surface or ground water, and to recycle waste through soil and plants to the fullest extent practicable.
Second Increment Stakeholder Process
August 14, 2018 – Meeting Notes
September 19, 2018 – Meeting Notes
Integrated Management Plans
District-Wide Ground Water Management Area
Maps & Legals
Ground Water Management Plan
To improve or restore a quality plant cover to reduce sediment and improve water quality; increase quality and production of desirable plants for livestock and wildlife; maintain or increase wildlife habitat values; enhance aesthetic and recreation qualities; create open areas; and protect life and property.
To exclude livestock or big game from areas that should be protected from grazing; confine livestock or big game on an area to prevent trespassing; control domestic livestock while permitting wildlife movement; subdivide grazing land to permit use of grazing; regulate access to areas by people; protect stockwater impoundments from livestock use.
Wildlife Habitat Improvement
To create, maintain, or enhance suitable habitat areas, including wetlands, for food and cover to sustain desired kinds of upland wildlife.
To prevent excessive soil and water loss and improve water quality; produce more forage for grazing or browsing animals on rangeland or land converted to range from other uses; and improve the visual quality of grazing land.
To transport surface/ground water from one area to another without causing erosion and reducing the chance of evaporation. Additional water sources can be useful in managing livestock distribution.
To control undesirable vegetation; prepare sites for planting or seeding; control plant disease; reduce fire hazards; improve wildlife habitat, forage production, and forage quality; and to facilitate distribution of grazing and browsing animals.
To supply ground water from different types of wells, including domestic, irrigation, and livestock. Construction and operation of these wells must follow specific rules and regulations by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for the protection of water quality.
Proper Grazing Use
To increase the vigor and reproduction of key plants; accumulate litter and mulch necessary to reduce erosion and sedimentation and improve water quality; improve or maintain condition of the vegetation; increase forage production; maintain natural beauty; and reduce the hazards of wildfire.
To protect soil resources, control snow deposition, prevent wind damage to farmsteads, provide shelter for livestock, beautify an area, or improve an area for wildlife.
Pasture & Hayland Planting
To establish adapted cool-season grasses or legumes to extend length of grazing season; produce a high quality forage product; provide an emergency forage source; and reduce soil erosion by wind and/or water.
To improve the distribution of water or to increase the quantity of livestock water supplies. Development may also be made for irrigation, domestic, wildlife, or fishponds if water is available in suitable quantity and quality.
Pasture & Hayland Management
To prolong life of desirable forage species, to maintain or improve the quality and quantity of forage, and to protect the soils, reduce water loss, and improve water quality.
Corners for Wildlife
To provide habitat in the corners of tracts with center pivots, which enhance wildlife production.
Noxious Weed Awareness
To promote identification and awareness of how noxious weeds reduce productivity of land.
Planned Grazing Systems
To maintain existing plant cover or hasten its improvement while properly using the forage of grazing units; reduce erosion and improve water quality; increase efficiency of grazing by uniformly using pasture units; help ensure a supply of forage throughout the grazing season; improve plant vigor and quality and increase forage production; enhance wildlife habitat; and promote flexibility in the grazing programs and buffer the adverse effects of drought.
The water trailer is a hands on educational tool, which the District personnel uses to educate children about water and its many different relationships. The water trailer was partially funded by a special grant from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The water trailer uses recycled plastic for sand. Water running through the plastic simulates the flow of a river, erosion, sedimentation, ground water movement, channelization, watersheds, impacts on wildlife, and the effect humans have on water.
The water trailer is roughly nine feet by seven feet, and is used mostly outside because of its size. It is large enough to comfortably accommodate 25-30 students at one time. Due to weather restrictions, the trailer is used in late spring, summer, and early fall, but use is not limited to these times.
The water trailer can be used for K-6 and up. We can have a scenario prepared or we can tailor the learning to what is being taught in a class. For the younger children, demonstrations last 10-15 minutes. For older students, it depends on their interests. We can fit the water trailer into most schedules, but do require time to re-build the model in between different groups.
The water trailer works well for science fairs, to complement a science lesson, or for a fun learning experience the class won’t forget! There is no charge to have District personnel demonstrate the water trailer, no matter how many times we present it.
Some comments made by students who have attended the Water Expo
“My favorite thing was the river system model. It is just so much easier to understand when you see what they are talking about.” – Alissa A.
“I liked how we got to see how the river system model worked and how one little thing like moving trees can cause bigger things to happen like erosion.” – Jack B.
“It was fascinating to see the shaping of the land caused by a real river.” – Melynda A.
“The river system model was the coolest model I have ever seen.” – Codi C.
“My favorite place was probably the wetlands. There I liked the riparian model. I liked that place because you got to dig holes and watch the water rise in them. You also got to see the ground erode and watch currents form. I probably learned the most at the riparian model.” – Ryan C.
“I liked the riparian model. It was cool and a good display on how to teach what a river does. I learned a lot from that!” – Amy B.
Range Youth Camp
The purpose of this camp is to provide education to youth in Nebraska, ages 14-18, who are interested in rangelands and practical range management. They develop an awareness of the extent, importance, and value of Nebraska’s greatest renewable resource; develop an appreciation of the value of optimum range and livestock management; encourage leadership and good rangeland stewardship by Nebraska youth through increased awareness of natural resource issues; and develop an awareness of information sources for evaluating management alternatives.
The program emphasizes plant-soil-animal relationships, range livestock management, ranching, economics, and wildlife habitat management. The weeks emphasis is on field and classroom activities designed to provide management education.
Natural Resources Camp
The purpose of this camp is to provide youth, ages 11-15, an opportunity to gain experience in leadership and knowledge about natural resources. Activities include field trips, visiting a working ranch, and numerous hands-on exercises.
Other scholarships may be available for students and teachers per request for environmental and conservation education, and will be taken on a case-by-case basis. For more information on any of the scholarships, please contact our office.
The idea of an Outdoor Classroom was launched in March of 1976 when the seventh grade science students petitioned the Ogallala City Council to set aside a sandy weed patch site as a nature study area.
Assisted by the City, the Twin Platte Natural Resources District, the Soil Conservation Service, and Clarence Collister, the Junior High students along with their science instructor, George Acker, developed a 12-acre oasis along the south side of the South Platte River just west of the Holiday Inn.
“It is a place where people can observe plants and animals without upsetting natural systems, and where students can observe nature and understand it better.”
With the help of other organizations, we want to develop the area even further by making it a more accessible park to tourists, people of surrounding communities, and for students interested in studying nature.
In 1992, the Village of Brady gave their old landfill a new look, transforming the site into a wildlife habitat preserve and wilderness area. The 11 acre project provides wilderness footpaths, benches for resting and bird watching, and a parking area in addition to the wildlife habitat preserve. Thanks to the Game and Parks Commission which provided financial assistance for the trees, the Twin Platte Natural Resources District for developing the tree plans and planting the trees, and the Village of Brady for providing the space for the preserve.
The Twin Platte Natural Resources District works one-on-one with Producers, as shown in the picture.
Flow Meter Use
The Twin Platte Natural Resources District has a portable ultrasonic flow meter thanks to a 319 grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The flow meter can provide producers flow rates on their irrigation systems. The actual flow rate is measured in gallons per minute, which is very important for proper irrigation management.
The District believes that producers are attempting to use water as efficiently as possible to conserve the available water, and to minimize costs. Results have shown that many producers are applying different amounts of water for irrigation than they realize. With the knowledge provided by the District’s portable flow meter, the producer will know the amount of water that is pumped and can optimize the use of water for irrigation.
If excess water is applied, fuel and water are wasted and the application of excess water can contribute to leaching of fertilizer and other agri-chemicals out of the root zone, where it is of no value to the crop and can pollute the ground water.
There is no service fee to offset part of the District’s staff and travel cost when using the ultrasonic flow meter for determining the flow of irrigation water for a producer.