The Loup Basin RC&D Council will be hosting the Nebraska State RC&D Association annual meeting.
The Loup Basin RC&D Council will be hosting the Nebraska State RC&D Association annual meeting.
The Sandhills RC&D unveils a new website!
The Sandhills Resource, Conservation, and Development Council, better known as RC&D, is a nonprofit organization created to help develop and improve the social, econimic and environmental conditions whithin the Sandhills area it serves. That area is the Nebraska counties of Arthur, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson and Thomas.
Visit the Sandhills RC&D website at http://www.sandhillsrcd.com/
Photo caption: Newly elected officers to the RC&D Council for 2015 are (from left to right) Dennis Wacker, Joan Alexander, Janet Gill and Jim Rabe.
The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council held its annual meeting at the Serendipity Restaurant in Plainview recently to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and encourage fellowship amongst members and guests. Jr. Jazzercisers provided the dancing entertainment.
Two new projects were chosen for support. A one-year pilot project will be undertaken to extend Northeast Nebraska RC&D services and outreach to Madison County since the PrairieLand RC&D is no longer able to do that. And grant writing assistance will be given to the Wynot Public Cemetery board for their multi-faceted repair project. Continue reading
The Nebraska RC&D State Association meeting will be held on September 28th & 29th in Bassett and hosted by the North Central RC&D.
The Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area (NNWMA) in cooperation with the Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council and the Nebraska Environmental Trust held a tour recently at Niobrara State Park. “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Noxious Weed Control” offered the 32 participants an education on noxious weeds and control methods being used.
First stop was the Niobrara Public School to hear from the student leaders about their Purple loosestrife bucket garden. Students rear the insects the feed on this weed and then later release them into infestations of the plant. These biological control insects feed exclusively on that plant. Students shared with the group the many life skills they’ve learned in doing this project. The NNWMA and the South Dakota/Nebraska Purple loosestrife groups have assisted teacher Sharla Hanzlik and the students over a number of years with this project.
A visit to the Niobrara boat ramp offered a look at native Phragmites and Purple loosestrife in their natural environment. Experts pointed out that both native and non-native Phragmites are growing in the area, and often in the same spot, so control methods are difficult to implement.
Salt cedar is another noxious weed that has shown up along the Missouri River in Nebraska and South Dakota. The NNWMA and partners have been vigilant each spring and now in late summer as well, to get out on the river and the sandbars to keep up the fight. They use boats to get to the areas of infestation and then Continue reading
th at Niobrara State Park. “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Noxious Weed Control” is the title for this event. Participants will see first-hand a number of methods being used to control the spread of Nebraska-listed noxious weeds.
The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council currently has two artists displaying their work. The first is Shirley Hoffman of Plainview. Her Double Irish Chain quilt is fashioned out of plain pink and printed fabric. The other is an Earth Rhythms Pattern made of gold and a dark-colored print. This award-winning quilt received a blue ribbon from the Country Piecemakers Quilt Guild. The latter was given to Shirley’s granddaughter, Grace Hoffman for her 13th birthday in 2013.
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.
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.
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
The Five Rivers Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. will be conducting household hazardous waste collections in Nebraska City, Syracuse, Auburn, Falls City, Humboldt, Pawnee City, Tecumseh, Fairbury, and Crete with financial assistance from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Waste Reduction & Recycling Program and other assistance provided by the Nemaha NRD, Lower Big Blue NRD, and Jefferson, Otoe, Nemaha, Johnson, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline Counties.
Save the dates for the 2013 HHW Collections! Locations will be announced in the near future-stay tuned! Click here to print-SAVE THE DATES: 2013 HHW Collections Schedule News Release – 2013
Otoe County – Syracuse
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 from 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Contact is Carol Crook 402-873-4619
Otoe County – Nebraska City
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Contact is Carol Crook 402-873-4619
The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council is hosting a “Bee Friendly” Field Tour on Tuesday, July 30th at Dennis Wacker’s Prairie’s Edge Organic Farm. The site is located 3 miles east of Plainview on U.S. Highway 20 and 1 ¼ mile south of 540 Ave. There is a small fee to attend and pre-registration is requested by Monday, July 29th to 402-582-4866 or [email protected].
Pollinators are in trouble. Parasites, diseases, loss of habitat, and more are threatening their survival, but there’s help if people just know what to do. The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) website states that 75% of the world’s flowering plants and almost 35% of the world’s crops need pollinators to reproduce. Many people think Continue reading
Five Rivers RC&D, in a partnership with the Nemaha NRD, was awarded a grant in the amount of $122, 034 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program. Altogether, the state received 35 eligible applications with requests totaling approximately $2.4 million for integrated solid waste management facilities and projects. Approximately $1.4 million was awarded for 30 projects throughout Nebraska.
The grant program provides funds annually for integrated waste management activities in Nebraska. The funds awarded to Five Rivers RC&D & the Nemaha NRD will be used to organize and host 9 household hazardous waste collections throughout 7 counties in southeast Nebraska every fall over the course of three years. Counties included are Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Saline, and Richardson. Stay tuned for Continue reading
The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council was awarded a grant in the amount of $13,067 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program. Altogether, the state received 35 eligible applications with requests totaling approximately $2.4 million for integrated solid waste management facilities and projects. Approximately $1.4 million was awarded for 30 projects throughout Nebraska.
The grant program provides funds annually for integrated waste management activities in Nebraska. The funds awarded to the Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council will be used for three Household Hazardous Waste collection events. Continue reading
The July 11th Habitat Management Tour in northern Cedar County will take an up-close look at techniques used in managing grassland habitat for wildlife. Biologists will pick apart what’s been learned in attempts to re-invigorate old Conservation Reserve Program lands to make them the most productive wildlife habitat possible, talk about long-term management and maintenance of the those acres, and share the expectations, challenges and surprises of habitat work. Other points of interest will include prairie plant ID, tree planting for wildlife, and long-term woodland management.
This tour will be of interest to those Continue reading
Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andrew Gordon, Executive Director, NARC&DC
May 30, 2013
The National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils Announces Award to Five Rivers RC&D Council
The National Association of RC&D Councils (NARC&DC) is very pleased to announce that Five Rivers Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council of Tecumseh, Nebraska has been reauthorized as a Premier member of the NARC&DC Circle of Diamonds program, one of just five RC&D Councils out of 375 to qualify for this elite status.
The NARC&DC Circle of Diamonds program provides a proactive means for RC&D Councils to demonstrate that they are complying with legal requirements and best non-profit management practices. The program has three tiers or levels: Basic, Enhanced, and Premier. By earning Premier level membership, Five Rivers RC&D Council has clearly demonstrated its ability to adhere to the highest standards of governance and administration and its effectiveness in public outreach and partnership management. Continue reading
The Nebraska Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Association is pleased to announce their latest award winners. At the 2013 Western Regional RC&D Association Conference held in Gering, Nebraska, the Nebraska RC&D Association’s Councils received 5 regional awards. The Western RC&D Association covers 10 states and 80 RC&D Councils.
The 2013 award winners are:
2013 Outstanding Performance by an Executive Director
Bobbie Meints – Five Rivers RC&D – Tecumseh, Nebraska
As the Executive Director of Five Rivers RC&D, Bobbie is able to incorporate her outgoing, empathetic, and innovative personality in order to achieve the goals of the organization. Demonstrating the implementation of a balanced RC&D program, Bobbie has been able to adjust to the restructuring of the organization and identify and utilize effective ways of completing RC&D projects and activities. She values the opinion of each individual she works with and incorporates the opinion of others into her decision making process. Bobbie’s personality and her past experience of working with the public serves the Five Rivers Council very well, as she is 100% committed and understands what is necessary to “make a difference” in southeast Nebraska. Continue reading
NARC&DC wants to highlight 50 councils and their success stories. Starting in 2013, we will highlight a council every week. Are you interested in having your council receive national attention? If so, contact Sue Sutherland, Western RC&D President, with the following information:
Name of Your Council
Week you would like to be assigned? Otherwise, it will be first-come, first-served
Email and Phone Number
Selected councils will be expected to submit a story with pictures which will appear on our new National RC&D website. The National Association of RC&D Councils has developed a template for your use. The template can be found at http://www.narcdc.org/how-to-write-one-template.html. Let’s start acknowledging and celebrating RC&D successes! Contact Sue at [email protected]. We look forward to celebrating your success!
Five Rivers RC&D won first place and received $50 for their booth display at the 2012 Nebraska State RC&D Association Annual Conference in Wayne Nebraska on September 27, 2012. Sandhills RC&D received second place.
As the Executive Director of Five Rivers RC&D, Bobbie is able to incorporate her outgoing, strategic, empathetic, communicative, and innovative personality in order to achieve the goals of the organization. Demonstrating the implementation of a balanced RC&D program, Bobbie has been able to adjust to the restructuring of the organization and identify and utilize effective ways of completing RC&D projects and activities. She values the opinion of each individual she works with and incorporates the opinion of others into her decision making process. Bobbie’s personality and her past experience of working with the public serves the Five Rivers Council very well, as she is 100% committed and understands what is necessary to “make a difference” in southeast Nebraska.
2012 Outstanding Performance by a Council
Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council
Over a nineteen year period this Council had grown to become a regional leader involving many active groups of volunteers, all who wanted to make the area a better place. Many who are involved in projects are not on the board, but are interested citizens. Some projects are led by other groups such as the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway who draw encouragement and technical support from the RC&D. Training to RC&D Council members and visiting with sponsor’s boards helps in creating an awareness of the accomplishments of the RC&D and tries to ensure continued financial and verbal support by those entities. Many times the RC&D projects have been completed thanks to the financial support gained through grant funding and the sponsors continue to provide membership dues. Activities and projects of the RC&D Council are based on input from citizens and board members. Priorities were defined in the Strategic Plan and a major part of the Council’s priority efforts in this last year has been on survival. Continue reading