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There are hundreds of documented benefits to surrounding yourself, your business, or your community with trees. From physical and mental wellbeing to economic stimulus and crime reduction, planting trees on your property is a simple way to make a big impact. That’s why the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District is once again offering its...Read More

Each year, the Upper Big Blue NRD selects two recipients and one alternate for the Burke Scholarship, which supports those pursuing careers in natural resources. These scholarships are used for tuition at a Nebraska college or university where the student is enrolled full-time in a two- or four-year degree program in a natural resources related...Read More

Spring will be here before we know it, and with it, some potential problems for the trees on your property. Be alert to the health of your trees and contact the NRD or the UNL extension office in your county if you have questions.

This is a brief resource on some tree issues the NRD been asked about recently:

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By Chrystal Houston, Public Relations Manager, Upper Big Blue NRD

"Who knew Nebraska had so many trees?” I thought when we arrived in Halsey, Nebraska, home of the Charles E. Bessey Nursery. Thousands of mature trees surround the property, their green, leafy majesty so unexpected in the plains—a desert oasis, a verdant...Read More

Feather to retire after 40+ years of forestry


If there’s one thing Ken Feather is really bad at, it’s sitting still.

The springy septuagenarian is constantly on the move, ready to build or plant or improve something. Don’t let his jokes and gentle voice fool you. He’s a man on a mission—one that’s seen him plant...Read More

City and NRD partner to provide cleaner water

Improving and protecting the quality of drinking water for all residents is the goal of a continuing collaboration between the city of York and the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District. Their latest effort in the cause is an inventory of all private wells in the Wellhead Protection...Read More

More than 100 people attended the annual Project GROW Winter Workshop hosted by the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District on December 3 at the Holthus Convention Center. Most of the attendees were farmers or others involved in the agriculture industry. Speakers were a diverse group of researchers and practitioners, presenting on subjects from...Read More

All local cattle producers are invited to attend a free informational event on Thursday, January 23, from 4-6 p.m. The event will offer a demonstration of the Rawhide Portable Corral equipment recently purchased by the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture for use by producers in the Upper Big Blue and the Little Blue Natural...Read More

DeBuhr to retire after long career with Nebraska’s NRDs


Rod DeBuhr has spent his entire career dedicated to conservation efforts in Nebraska working for natural resource districts. Now as he eyes retirement on the horizon, he is looking back on four and half decades of work with satisfaction. There were plenty of...Read More

Second annual soil health event offers free info to growers

There’s a lot going on in the ground beneath our feet. The interactions between soil, plants, fungi, and creatures such as earthworms and microorganisms are as dynamic and complex as systems of trade within a nation’s economy, says Keith Berns, no-till farmer and...Read More

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