Nebraska corn growers know that applying the right amount of fertilizer at the right time is essential to a successful growing season. Too little applied can be costly at harvest if there is a yield reduction, but too much applied can also be an expensive error as it means paying for nitrogen (N) fertilizer that never gets taken up by the...Read More

The wind is whipping across the cornfields on the outskirts of Stromsburg as the tree planting crew from the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District sets about their work on a warm spring morning. Soon the birdsong is interrupted by the heavy thrum of a tractor. Kyle Yrkoski, district forester, loads the pull-behind tree planting cart with 18-...Read More

Students, communities participate in Nebraska Tree-a-Thon

While coronavirus keeps school doors closed, educators are getting creative to provide learning experiences beyond the classroom. This week, students in York and Butler Counties received a special curriculum enhancement: trees. Public and private schools in these...Read More
OMAHA, NE (The Nature Conservancy news release) – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska’s project, “Resilient Futures for Nebraska Soil,” was selected as a project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) for the amount of $4,419,304.

“I’m...Read More

York and Butler County schools partner with Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District for statewide youth Tree-a-Thon event

During Arbor Day weekend (April 24-26), youth and their communities across the state will participate in the Nebraska Tree-A-Thon to plant and celebrate trees. York Public Schools and Butler County Schools...Read More

Following the lead of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will limit access to some amenities and activities at its recreation areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The NRD will continue to monitor this public health situation and will plan to reopen full access to the recreation areas as...Read More

Growing plots, compost bins, & rain barrels available to York gardeners

York resident Bob Sautter is ready for spring—for warm sun, the smell of fresh turned earth, and the promise of a new growing season. Sautter is a regular at the Project GROW community garden plots and has already reserved his space for the 2020 season...Read More

(Original posted March 17; updated March 27, 2020)

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District office (319 East 25th St, York) is currently closed to the public to prevent the spread of illness.

“Our top priority is to protect staff members and the public that we serve,” said NRD General Manager David...Read More

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.

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District...Read More

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