Conservation Practices

The Little Blue NRD provides technical and financial assistance to landowners looking to prevent erosion, promote soil health and boost wildlife habitat. Find more out about our programs below!

Croplands adjacent to perennial and seasonal streams, ponds and wetlands can be enrolled in the buffer strip program.  This program is designed to filter agrichemicals such as fertilizer and pesticides before they enter surface and groundwater supplies. 

Land eligible for enrollment in this program is cropland adjacent to perennial streams, intermittent streams, wetlands or permanent bodies of water or existing buffer strips established after January 1, 1996 along these areas.

The contract length is not less than five or more than ten years. Payment rate differs from dryland to irrigated cropland.

More Information (source Nebraska Department of Agriculture)

For more information on the Nebraska Strip Program visit the Nebraska Department of Ag Buffer Strip Website or contact Kent Thompson of the Little Blue NRD.

WILD Nebraska is a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Natural Resource Districts that provides landowners opportunities to improve wildlife habitat on their lands. Projects are mostly on working lands and will promote good land stewardship while conserving existing habitats, emphasizing long-term sustainability. Wildlife Habitat Development and Wildlife Habitat Management Activities are the foundation of WILD Nebraska.  Transition Land Use payments and Access incentives may also be used to complement these foundational activities.

WILD Nebraska activities are divided into four general sections: Grassland and Prairie, Wetland, Woodland, and General.  These groupings represent activities that may be utilized to accomplish specific objectives.  Inclusion in this list does not imply that a specific activity is universally beneficial.  Also, this list is meant to be dynamic and is therefore not all-inclusive.

 Financial assistance is provided in two broad categories:  Wildlife Habitat Development and Wildlife Habitat Management.  Development and Management activities are grouped by type (Wetland/Grassland/Woodland).  In addition, there is a General group of activities that are unique (e.g. food-and-cover plots).


Trees are a part of our future.  They provide wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion, enhance water quality, save energy costs, help clear the air and add beauty to our homes and farmsteads.

Trees for farmsteads, forestry, field, and livestock-area shelterbelts require plans. The NRD or your local Natural Resources Conservation Service Office will meet with you to discuss what you want to achieve by planting trees. A plan will be developed with the varieties of trees/shrubs needed, the number of species and the proper spacing for the desired purposes.

The trees are two-year-old bare root seedlings and are approximately 12 to 18 inches tall. The seedlings are available in the spring with a variety of species offered, including cedars, pines, hardwoods, and shrubs. For the best selection, placing orders in the fall and winter months are recommended.

LBNRD offers both “hand-plant” and “machine plant” trees. Hand-plant trees can be purchased in smaller quantities, but they must be planted by the purchaser. Tree-planting machine rental is available. For larger plantings, the NRD will machine plant the varieties. The District offers cost-share for windbreaks that are over 100 plants and are designed according to NRCS specifications.

Cost-share is also available for tree renovations. Producers can receive funding to remove the old windbreak if they are signed up for the practice before removal begins.

More info about the Little Blue NRD Tree Program.