Few investments are as certain to produce a return as planting trees. In today’s instant gratification society, an investment that takes several years to pay dividends isn’t attractive to some. But those who know the enormous value of trees know that the best things come to those who wait.

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Environmental science students from Centennial High School and their teacher enter the lab of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District carrying three samples of water—two in specimen cups and one in a mason jar. These samples were collected from their families’ homes in or near Friend, Exeter, and Utica in the last 48 hours, from private...Read More

Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District employees, producers receive awards

Four individuals from the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District have received awards in the past week for their service in several areas.

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Project GROW 2019 reports profit and sustainability

“It was kind of tough.” That simple understatement is how Scott Gonnerman described the 2019 growing season, a cycle impacted by heavy rain and lower than normal temperatures. “We didn’t have a lot of sun or a lot of heat, so it lowered our corn yield. It was not...Read More

LINCOLN, Nebraska – Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) collectively signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Jan. 28. This agreement is a renewal of a long-standing commitment between the NRDs and NRCS that reaches back to the Dust Bowl days.
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LINCOLN, Nebraska – In preparation for another legislative session, the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts will host their annual Legislative Conference to highlight partnerships and discuss natural resources policy at the Lincoln Embassy Suites Jan. 28-29.
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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