An eagle-eyed recreation enthusiast spotted the trouble first: tall, reedy plants with fluffy seed heads were proliferating on the southern edge of property at Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District’s Oxbow Trail Recreation Area (near Ulysses). The distinctive looking plants were non-native...Read More
Berryton, KS--No-till on the Plains is returning to in-person events this summer. The final of three field events to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the annual Winter Conference will take place on August 10 at Rogers Memorial Farm, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Rogers Memorial Farm is typical of many small dryland farms in southeast...Read More
Could livestock be the key to reinvigorating rural Nebraska?
A recent tour of livestock facilities hosted by the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) visited three locations in the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District to discuss the importance of livestock operations for keeping young people in rural...Read More
Imagine this: a severe drought hits Nebraska, causing rivers and streams to slow to a trickle. Lakes are so low that fish are flopping in the mud. Groundwater levels dip as well as the aquifer continues to be drawn down, with little precipitation to refill it. There’s one question on everyone’s mind as the drought drags on--will there be enough...Read More
When local student Alex Morner was searching online for interesting topics for a science fair in spring 2021, information about soil health and erosion caught his eye. Morner’s family grows corn and soybeans near McCool and have implemented soil health practices including cover crops and no-till. When he saw instructions for a rainfall simulation...Read More

Youth fishing clinic held at Recharge Lake

Teaching kids to love nature can be a challenge in this digital age, but Mary Kay Wolf, a volunteer youth fishing instructor with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is giving it her best shot. She’s been working with youth across the state for five years to encourage them to do more...Read More
The board of directors of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District has recently approved a $1,900 grant for Cross County Public Schools for the creation of a sensory garden. The purpose of the Educational Capital Projects Fund is to create, develop, or enhance natural resources related educational capital projects that create experiential...Read More

Upper Big Blue NRD Awards Scholarships to District Residents

The board of directors of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District has named Alena Carlson of Aurora, Blake Frink of Hastings, and Makennen Havlat of Seward as the 2021 recipients of Burke scholarships. Keeley Conrad of York was named as the alternate for the award...Read More

Public Wetland Education Area Under Development

The sun is shining and frogs are chorusing their songs on a breezy day in May in a field in Hamilton County, about five miles north of Hampton, Nebraska. Spring rains have saturated a low area in what was previously a cornfield. Beetles creep through the lush vegetation, an early Monarch...Read More