Lincoln, NE – April 5, 2014 – Sandhills Resource Conservation and Development announced today that it will receive $84,967.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for “Cedar Control in the Sandhills Region”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 3, 2014 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd and 3rd year funding totaling $33,967.00 and $16,966.00 respectively. The project is one of the 132 projects receiving $21,750,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 56 were new applications and 76 are carry-over projects.
The Sandhills Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) is planning to work cooperatively with the Upper Loup Natural Resource District (Upper Loup NRD) on the three year project to provide landowners in the central Sandhills region with tools needed to control Eastern Red Cedar encroachment and restore the rangeland to productive grazing land acres. First year grant funds will be used to purchase a tree shear mounted on a skid loader capable of mechanical removal of trees up to 20” in diameter as well as a small wheeled trailer to move the equipment from place to place. In addition to the purchase of this equipment, funds in all years will be used to host at least eight Continue reading
On May 8th and 9th the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council and partners hosted six shredding events around their six-county service area. These were intended to assist citizens in disposing of confidential files safely, reducing the potential for identity theft, and to support recycling.
Approximately 5 tons of material was shredded. Forty-eight (48) households and small businesses were served. Security Shredding of Laurel was the contractor. All materials were shredded on-site in the truck equipped with a pulverizer.
The types of material shredded included financial and payroll documents, KENO records, personnel files, legal documents, confidential correspondence, cancelled checks, account ledgers, invoices, medical records and more.
Assisting the RC&D board members and staff were the Orchard librarian, a Midwest Bank staff person, and the Lewis & Clark board chairman.
For more information about this effort or any of the RC&D’s programs and services please contact the office at 402-582-4866 or email [email protected]
The RC&D office is handicap accessible. This institution is an equal opportunity provider & employer.
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The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council will be bringing a Farmers Market to town beginning June 11th. Their vacant lot located at 702 E. Park Ave., east Highway 20, Plainview will be the site for the market. This particular location offers great highway access, is a highly visible spot and provides a shady area where the vendors can set up their booths.
Jim and Pearl Laycock, local entrepreneurs and vegetable growers, will be the market managers. They are well-versed in the operation of a farmers market and have participated in the Pierce market for a number of years.
The market will run through the growing season which should end approximately September 30th. Hours of operation will be Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Those interested in becoming vendors or who would like more information may contact the Laycocks at 402-582-3334, or the RC&D office at 402-582-4866 or via email [email protected].
At a recent meeting of the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council they heard from Roger Wiese, Director of the North Central District Health Department located in O’Neill. He gave a brief history of how and why the public health departments were created in Nebraska. They started in 2001 and were funded initially in all 93 counties with payout from the tobacco industry lawsuit. His office covers 9 counties: Cherry, Brown, Rock, Keya Paha, Boyd, Antelope, Pierce, Holt, and Knox. Some of their programs include Emergency Management Preparedness, mental health issues, substance abuse, natural disasters, and public health symptoms. Much of their work involves collecting data and information and then acting on it. He explained that their Miles of Smiles program, which offers oral screening and fluoride varnish for elementary and middle school students in the district, is seeing an improvement with the children’s dental issues.
Jan Jorgensen, Projects Manager, reported that the grant writing workshop held recently was successful with 34 people attending from 23 communities. They were excited to learn of the granting opportunities that exist and were glad for the chance to meet some of the funders. Sensitive document shredding events will take place May 8th and 9th in the six communities of Orchard, Creighton, Plainview, Ponca, Hartington and Wayne. Electronics Recycling is still be planned for this summer with times and locations to be announced.
Northeast Nebraska RC&D announced today that it will receive $24,134.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Integrated Management of Noxious Weeds in Biologically Sensitive Areas by the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 3, 2014 in Lincoln. This is the third and final year of award. The project is one of the 132 projects receiving $21,750,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 56 were new applications and 76 are carry-over projects.
Invasive species are cited frequently as significant threats to biological diversity in Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project planning document (NNLP). To address issues with invasive species, NNLP recommended development of collaborative conservation efforts to implement strategies that address specific issues in biologically unique landscapes (BUL’s) identified in the plan. One such group is the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area (NNWMA). NNWMA is composed of a diverse group of partners and covers 8 counties and 4,610,212 acres of private, public, and tribal land. Eight BUL’s are partially or wholly within NNWMA boundaries. These include prairies that contain federally threatened Western Prairie Fringed Orchid and state listed Small White Lady Slipper Orchid, as well as habitats that are home to 34 other Tier 1 plant, mussel, fish, insect, bird, and mammal species.
A one-day Grant Writing Workshop held April 17th in Plainview was attended by thirty-four individuals from twenty-three communities. They represented a wide-variety of disciplines including economic developers, hospital staff, city administrators, community volunteers, a housing manager, a tribal representative, non-profit entities, a university scientist, and a librarian.
Jan Jorgensen, RC&D staff member, shared grant writing basics and tips on what she’s learned over twenty-one years of writing grants. Being successful takes a well-identified need, the right funder, the right project written in a clear and easily understood method, and good partners. She told the group that persistence does pay off and “You won’t die if you don’t get the grant, but you certainly won’t get it unless you submit one.”
Mike Marty and Tom McCauley with the Nebraska Arts Council told of the variety of programs and services they offer through their state agency as well as the many granting opportunities available. Mary Yager, Humanities Nebraska, updated the group on their granting programs as well as their speakers’ bureau. They too are a state agency and share similarities to the Nebraska Arts Council, but their grants do not require matching cash. Heather Hogue, Nebraska Tourism Office offered insight into their two grant programs – the Tourism Marketing grant and a newer one called the Tourism Community Impact grants.
Theme – “Strength in Partnering in our Communities”
Dan Hruza. President of the Nebraska State RC&D Association invites everyone to attend the 2014 Nebraska State RC&D Association spring meeting at Broken Bow, Nebraska April 3rd and April 4 2014.
NE State RC&D Association Program April 3-4, 2014,
NE State RC&D Association Registration Form April 3-4, 2014,
NE State RC&D Association Conference Information April 3-4, 2014
The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council’s “Bee Friendly” Field Tour was a success and those attending felt they received more good information than they thought possible at such an event.
Denny Wacker, host and organic farmer, shared his story of becoming organic and how he’d used available programs to help him establish lots of “edges” around his fields that help increase diversity of pollinator species and offer Continue reading