GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Hundreds of Colorado Blue Spruce tree seedlings are currently being prepared and packaged for the Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) to hand out to the public at Husker Harvest Days 2017. The NRD blue building at Lot 1106 will have NRD general managers, NRD staff and several agencies and organizations inside the building, ready to educate anyone interested in conservation methods, grants, cost-share programs, water quality and soil protection this year at the event.
Husker Harvest Days is September 12th – 14th, 2017. Not only will there be free tree seedlings, but the NRDs are also handing out native Prairie Grass seed. The Nebraska Forest Service is displaying a new educational tool they use and several other agencies are planning on handing out useful information for your properties. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is excited to offer free water testing for nitrates. If you’d like to participate, please bring a 2-ounce sample of water from home.
“The Natural Resources Districts want to be present and easily accessible in Nebraskans’ day to day lives,” said Jim Bendfeldt, Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) board president. “Husker Harvest Days is a fun way to get a face-to-face with the people we want to help.”
On Wednesday Sept. 13th at 11 am, the NRDs are holding a press conference at Lot 1106 to announce three new Hall of Fame inductees. Three special Nebraskans who’ve made significant contributions to protecting Nebraska’s natural resources will be announced for induction into the NRD Hall of Fame. The winners receive the most prestigious awards offered by the NRDs.
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) partners with several other agencies, along with the 23 Natural Resources Districts at Husker Harvest Days. The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR), Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NHHS), Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), Nebraska Forest Service (NFS), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, USDA Nebraska Farm Service Agency (NFSA), and U.S. Forest Service – Bessey Nursery will all be ready to help Husker Harvest Days visitors with water and soil conservation programs and education throughout the three-day event.
— Nebraska Natural Resources Districts
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