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 Erika Brinegar of the Little Blue NRD.


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.  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.