WILD Nebraska

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WILD Nebraska is a program designed to encourage landowners to set aside land for wildlife habitat. Landowners who participate in the program can receive up to 100 percent cost-share on habitat development materials, per-acre payments for land that is developed for habitat, and technical assistance in establishing habitat areas.

Contracts are for 5 or 10 years. Payments can be made in a lump sum at the beginning of the contract period, or in annual payments for the first 3-5 years. Payments are based on the county average rental rate.

The WILD Nebraska program is sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and administered locally by the Lower Platte North NRD.

Habitat practices that are eligible for WILD Nebraska fall into one of three categories: Grasslands, Wetlands, or Woodlands.



Grassland communities dominated the Nebraska landscape for thousands of years prior to the arrival of European immigrants. Today, about 70 percent of Nebraska's grasslands have been destroyed or degraded. Decline in grasslands is a primary limiting factor affecting abundance of most wildlife species. All grassland communities, regardless of status, size or location, are important to wildlife.




Nebraska's remaining wetlands are highly productive and an essential component of the landscape. They serve a wide array of functions, from providing critical wildlife habitat to improving water quality. Wetlands provide important habitat for 50 percent of Nebraska's bird species, 36 percent of mammal species, 35 percent of reptile species, 100 percent of amphibian species, and 50 percent of plant species.




Woodlands in Nebraska range from the forests that have evolved over centuries to the woodlands that have expanded recently due to suppression of fire and major flooding events. Other woodlands include man-made plantings such as farmstead shelterbelts, field windbreaks, woodlots, and small plantations. Finally, even in prairie areas, woodlands exist in the form of small wooded draws and thickets.



Other Practices

A variety of other activities fall under WILD Nebraska, including:

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Lower Platte North NRD
PO Box 126
Wahoo, NE 68066
toll-free 1.888.764.0543
Fax 402.443.5339

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