Upcoming Events

August 2018

9 Board Meeting-

ULNRD Office 7 PM CT

22 ULNRD Jr High Field Day

24    Nebraska State Fair Begins


September 2018

3  Labor Day- Office Closed

11-13 Husker Harvest Days

13    Board Meeting-

ULNRD Office 7 PM CT







ULNRD Improves Recycling Program with Baling Facility

The ULNRD received a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to improve and increase recycling initiatives for the Upper Loup District. Upon implementing the existing recycling program of collecting recyclable materials of aluminum, plastics, tin, and paper, the ULNRD had been strongly urged to collect cardboard by constituents to help further reduce solid waste that is being sent to the landfill. The overall goal for this project is twofold. One is to meet the expressed desires of the NRD’s residents and two, to establish a means of making the current recycling program sustainable. Funding was used to construct a new building and loading dock. The building is located on District property which will be used to bale cardboard and paper, tin and aluminum. Throughout the last three years the recycling program has seen much success. Recycling trailers have been placed in the communities of Dunning, Halsey, Hyannis, Mullen, Seneca, Thedford, as well as taking over the transportation of Stapleton’s trailer. The program has increased the types of materials it collects, the ULNRD now collect plastics number 1-7, tin, aluminum, paper, and cardboard (limited sites).


Hunter Safety Class Scheduled for September

     Firearm Hunter Education is a program ensuring that safe, respectful and responsible hunters participate in the sport of hunting in Nebraska.  This program is mandated by the Nebraska Legislature, administered by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and taught by dedicated volunteer instructors.  Students are taught a set of standards, established by the International Hunter Education Association. By meeting these standards the Nebraska Hunter Education Program is recognized and honored on the entire North American continent.

Everyone born on or after January 1, 1977 who hunts any species of game, game animal or game bird in Nebraska using a firearm or crossbows is required to carry proof of completion on their person while hunting. Anyone under age 12 is not required to carry proof of completion. All hunters must also have a habitat stamp (except for those exempted) on their person while hunting in Nebraska.

     The ULNRD has scheduled a hunter safety class for anyone 11 years old or older. The course will be held in Thedford on September 15th &16th from 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. CT at the Upper Loup NRD office.  If you are interested please register online at



Leafy Spurge – pretty wild flower or pretty costly?


Leafy spurge is an invasive, herbaceous perennial weed that infests more than five million acres of land in 35 states and the prairie provinces of Canada. It causes significant problems by invading grazing lands for cattle and horses, reducing rangeland productivity and cattle carrying capacity by 50-75 percent, decreasing plant diversity, degrading wildlife habitat, displacing sensitive species and drastically reducing land values.

Leafy spurge is an erect plant that grows 1 to 3 feet tall. Leaves are bluish-green with smooth margins, 0.25 inch to 0.5 inch wide, and 1 inch to 4 inches long. Umbel flowers are surrounded by heart-shaped, showy, yellow-green bracts. (An umbel looks like the stays of an umbrella if it is held upside down. Flowers occur in many clusters toward the top of the plant. Seeds are round to oblong, about 1/12 inch long, gray or mottled brown with a dark line on one side. Seeds are dispersed by birds, wildlife, humans, and in rivers and streams. Leafy spurge contains white milky latex in all plant parts. This latex is poisonous to some animals and can cause blistering and irritation on skin. The digestive tract is similarly affected when this plant is eaten by humans and some animals. In cattle it causes scours and weakness; when ingested in larger amounts it can cause death. Cattle usually refuse to eat leafy spurge unless it is given to them in dry, weedy hay or when better forage is not available.

The use of herbicides for leafy spurge control is just one part of long term management that should include good grazing strategies and can include grazing by sheep or goats or biological control by the release of insects. It’s important to continue yearly management as skipping a year can allow leafy spurge to re-infest rapidly. Extension educators and county weed supervisors are very good resources for weed management.

To help with the Leafy Spurge battle the Upper Loup Natural Resources District provides cost share funds for BOTH fall and spring treatment to landowners in the NRD area. Funds are available to cover 45% of the cost of approved chemicals (i.e.: Plateau for fall) up to $400 per landowner. The appropriate chemical herbicide can be applied by a landowner with private pesticide certification or by a certified commercial applicator. Applications for cost share assistance can be obtained by contacting Upper Loup NRD at 308-645-2250 or

downloading an application from our website at Upper Loup NRD includes all of Grant, Hooker, Thomas, Blaine and Logan Counties and parts of Cherry, Brown and McPherson Counties.


Bow Hunter Safety Class to be Held in Thedford


     Thedford, Neb. – A bow hunter safety course will be held at the Upper Loup Natural Resources office in Thedford on April 20-22.  According to the Nebraska Game and Parks, all archery (Bow and Arrow) hunters of deer, antelope, elk or mountain sheep age 12 through age 29 must have completed a bow hunter education course AND must carry some form of proof showing you have complete the required course on your person while hunting deer, antelope, elk and mountain sheep.

     The ten-hour course covers everything from proper equipment use, planning a hunt, point of shot, wildlife and habitat conservation.  The class is a three session course and attendance is mandatory for all sessions to receive certification.  Sessions will be:  Friday, April 20th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CT, Saturday, April 21st 9 am – 4 pm CT, and Sunday, April 22nd 2 pm - 3 pm CT.  Participants are asked to bring their lunch for Saturday’s session.  The class will be held at the Upper Loup NRD office at 39252 Highway 2 in Thedford.  For more information or to register, please visit the Nebraska’s Game and Parks Commission website at



     Sign up today for the third annual Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE).  ACE is for middle school students who have completed sixth, seventh and eighth grades in the 2011-2012 school year and who are interested in having fun and learning about Nebraska Natural Resources.  ACE is hosted at the State 4-H Youth Camp near Halsey, June 17th-20th and is organized by Nebraska Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) and the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD).

     The four-day adventure camp focuses on water resources, soil and land, forestry, range and grassland, and wildlife, while educating campers through hands-on activities on the importance of protecting our natural resources. During ACE, campers have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and dig into nature and form a new understanding of the environment through interactive participation. 

     In addition, campers have the chance to experience nature through activities such as tubing, archery, zip line, water rockets, the water slide and other adventures.  Campers also will learn about possible careers in the area of natural resources from the professionals who work there every day. This is a great opportunity to get our youth involved in learning about natural resources through hands-on activities with experts that are excited about natural resources.

     Fees and registration is $185.00 dollars per camper.  Many NRDs offer scholarships for the four day camp, contact your local NRD to see if assistance is available.  Space is limited and the registration deadline is May 25, 2012.  The Upper Loup NRD offers one full scholarship per sub-district.

Scholarship Form

Brochure/Registration Form

     ACE is sponsored by Nebraska NRDs, Nebraska Association of Resources Districts, Olsen Agricultural Laboratory, Hooker County Turner Youth Initiative, the Nebraska Environmental Trust and Nebraska Academy of Science, Inc. Nebraska NRDs and NARD partnered with several organizations to help make the camp a success.  Partnering organizations included: University of Nebraska, Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska National Forest, Nebraska State 4-H Camp, and Nebraska Pheasants Forever.