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







Go Green with the Upper Loup NRD

One of the services provided to residents of the Upper Loup NRD is the opportunity to recycle! Chances are, if you live in any of the major communities in the ULNRD there is probably a recycle trailer somewhere in your town. The ULNRD has trailers in Dunning, Halsey, Hyannis, Mullen, Thedford, Stapleton, and Brownlee. For exact locations of those trailers in your town visit our website and look under the Project and Progress tab or give us a call! Materials accepted by our trailers are 1 and 2 plastics, aluminum, tin, paper, and carboard. We also provide electronic recycling in Thedford at the ULNRD office, Security First Bank, Ewoldt’s Grocery Store, and the Thomas County Courthouse. In Mullen electronics can be dropped off at Nebraskaland National Bank. These locations accept old calculators, cell phones and pagers, eBook readers, digital and video cameras, GPS and radar detectors, inkjet cartridges, Ipods, Ipads, and MP3 players. We do not accept batteries!

Recycling is easy! There are just a few things we ask that you do to keep processing as easy and efficient as possible. First check your plastics for a small 3 arrow triangle, usually found on the bottom of the container or bottle. If there is a 1 or a 2 in that triangle, good news! Your item can be recycled here! There is no need to remove the lid, cap, or label off of your plastic recyclables just please rinse them out. The same goes for aluminum and tin. We do not need you to remove labels but rinsing the cans out would be greatly appreciated. With cardboard, we ask that you please flatten your boxes before putting them in our recycle trailers. Also, there is no need to remove staples from any papers that you might be recycling.

There are a few things we do not recycle. Some of those include Styrofoam, plastic bags, glass, wax paper, livestock supplement tubs, feed sacks with plastic liner, motor oil containers, paper towels and tissues, aerosol cans, napkins, plastic wrap, plastic or wax coated boxes, and tarps. We also do not accept heavily dyed paper or batteries.

Why should you recycle? Because it’s good for the environment! Did you know, 1 tin can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours! What do you do with your newspapers after you read them? 250 million trees could be saved EACH YEAR if all of our newspaper was recycled. There is a lot of trash the can be recycled but people usually don’t take the time to. 30% of all waste is recycled while 70% can actually be recycled. Do your part to help keep the Sandhills and our world beautiful!

For more information on programs by the Upper Loup NRD check out upcoming articles! If you have any questions about recycling in our district or want more information check out our website,, call us at 308-645-2250, or visit us in Thedford! We would love to hear from you!


NRBA Meeting Notice 



The Niobrara River Basin Alliance will hold a Regular Board Meeting, at 1:30 p.m. CST on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Room Ruby 7, Younnes Conference Center, 416 West Talmage Road, Kearney, NE.  An agenda of the matters to be considered at such date, time, and place is kept continually current, and is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District, 430 E 2nd Street, Chadron, Nebraska.  Persons who require auxiliary aids or special accommodations to attend or participate in the hearing should contact Patrick O’Brien at 308-432-6190 to make the necessary arrangements.


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What's In A Name?

                NRD, NRCS, FSA, DEQ. If you’re in the ag industry or have anything to do with natural resources (which we all do) then you have probably heard these acronyms before but what do they mean and stand for? Let’s start with one we should all know! NRD which stands for Natural Resources District. Last week’s article spoke about what NRDs are and what they do. If you missed that article visit and check it out! Next is another office located in Thedford. NRCS stands for Natural Resources Conservation District. This is a federal agency that’s mission is to help people conserve and improve natural resources. Some examples of NRCS programs are CSP or Conservation Stewardship Program and EQIP or Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Another agency is the FSA or Farm Service Agency. This is also a federal agency. Both NRCS and FSA are part of the USDA or United States Department of Agriculture. The FSA controls CRP or Conservation Reserve Program as well as provides Beginning Farmers and Rancher loans.

Next, we have state agencies. DNR stands for the Department of Natural Resources. DNR is charged with protecting and regulating the states surface water. This agency issues surface water permits, floodplain management, and insures the safety of dams in the state. The NeDEQ or Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is another state agency. The NeDEQ was created to protect Nebraska’s air, land and water. This agency has recycling programs and grants, as well as waste management projects, and emissions testing.

All in all, when it comes to agriculture and natural resources there are a lot of players in our court to help producers and landowners do what’s best for our land, air, and water. If you have any questions or want more information call the Upper Loup NRD at 308-645-2250 or visit!


How much do you know about your local Natural Resources District (NRD)?

If you are reading this, you more than likely live in the Upper Loup Natural Resources District. The Upper Loup NRD covers all of Grant, Hooker, Thomas, Blaine, and Logan counties as well as parts of Cherry, Brown, and McPherson counties. Those counties are then divided into 5 sub districts.

The Upper Loup NRD is headquartered in Thedford, just west of Pearson Livestock and south of the new fire hall in town. The Upper Loup NRD has 5 full time employees and 2 part time. Our district covers 4,275,000 acres and has a population of less than 5,000 people. Of the total acres in the district 91% is comprised of grassland, 5% open water and wetlands, 2% other ag lands or barren ground, 1% forest, 1% irrigated cropland, less than 1% dryland crops, and less than 1% urban and roads. The Upper Loup NRD is governed by 11 elected directors, 2 from each sub district and one at large. The NRD is funded through property taxes and consumer sales. The Upper Loup NRD maintains a responsible budget to lessen the tax burden of its constituents, for example, on a property that is valued at $50,000 a year the ULNRD’s share is only $12.50 per year. NRD’s have the ability to levy up to 4.5 cents and for the last 10 plus years the Upper Loup NRD has kept its levy around 2.5 cents.  

Nebraska’s NRD’s are tasked with protecting the states groundwater from overuse and pollution. Each district also has other tasks they deem important to the area. For our district, some important topics include Soil and Land Conservation, Trees and Wildlife Habitat, Recycling, Groundwater Quality and Quantity Management, and Education. Stay tuned for articles on what the ULNRD is doing in each specific area.


Natural Resources Districts (NRD) Recreation Areas/Trails Expect Record-Breaking Crowds for Solar Eclipse Event

For Immediate Release                                                      

August 7, 2017


Contact: Erika Hill, Public Relations Director

Phone: (402) 471-7672 Cell: (402) 570-2283



(Nebraska) Several popular Natural Resources District (NRD) recreation areas and hiking/biking trails across Nebraska are expecting record-breaking numbers of campers and other outdoor enthusiasts to come out and watch the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. The NRD recreation areas in the path of the solar eclipse are receiving dozens of calls and reservation requests from people across the nation. Several recreation area camping spots are already sold out.


“We know Kirkman’s Cove near Humboldt and Iron Horse Trail and Lake near DuBois are already sold out of electrical outlets for campers and we’re expanding our first-come-first-serve tent camping areas to increase capacity for the crowds,” said Bob Hilske, general manager of the Nemaha Natural Resources District (NRD). “We’re excited to show off these beautiful recreation areas not only to Nebraskans, but people from around the country.”


NRD recreation areas offer a variety of conveniences for the public. Each one is different, but for the most part, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities make for a wonderful time with family and friends.


“Lower Platte South NRD is expecting hundreds of bicyclists and others to enjoy watching the eclipse on the Homestead Trail just south of Lincoln,” said Paul Zillig, general manager of the Lower Platte South NRD. “We’ve been informed that several bus-loads of people are being transported to the trail the day of the eclipse and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them.”


Near Grand Island, Central Platte NRD is offering up its Richard Plautz crane viewing site near Gibbon and Alda crane viewing site just south of Interstate-80 Exit 305 (Alda) for the public to watch the solar eclipse.


The Upper Big Blue NRD’s Recharge Lake in York and Pioneer Trails in Aurora are also expecting large crowds to come out to enjoy the historic event. These two camp sites are only reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Nebraska’s NRDs have more than 150 recreation areas and trails open to the public. For more information on recreation area opportunities, contact your local NRD or go to You can find your NRD at



The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), the trade association for Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts, works with individual NRDs to protect lives, protect property, and protect the future of Nebraska’s natural resources. These districts are unique to Nebraska. NRD’s are local government entities with broad responsibilities to protect our natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the 23 NRDs, enabling districts to respond best to local conservation and resource management needs. To learn more about Nebraska’s NRDs visit Or you can head to the Natural Resources Districts’ Facebook page at or follow NARD’s Twitter page at @nebnrd. NARD is located at 601 S. 12th St. Suite 201, Lincoln, Nebraska  68508.  Email NARD at or call NARD at (402) 471-7670.