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







Upper Loup NRD Director Filing Period Open 

Natural Resource Districts (NRDs) have local leadership responsibility for protecting groundwater from overuse and pollution; soil conservation; planting trees and wildlife habitat; flood control; improving urban conservation; and recreation. Often, the NRD builds partnerships with other agencies and organizations, including the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, municipalities, counties, and private organizations, in an effort to provide local control and local solutions to natural resources challenges.

The Upper Loup NRD is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors. The district is divided into 5 sub-districts; two board members are elected from each sub-district, and one at-large member is elected. Candidates for sub-district board positions must reside in the sub-district for which they are elected; the at-large board member must reside within the boundaries of the ULNRD. The Board of Directors will appoint an eligible person to fill any unexpired term.  Directors serve four year terms, with half of the Board seats up for election every two years.

The filing period for the Primary Election for Incumbents is now through February 16, 2016. For Non-Incumbents, the filing period is now through March 1, 2016. To file, an individual is required to fill out a Nonpartisan Candidate Filing Form through the Secretary of State. Forms can be found online at and must be mailed to Lincoln. There is no filing fee. The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission C-1 form is not needed. The ULNRD is a lower office, meaning that if you are already on a board you can also serve on the NRD board in addition.

The ULNRD Board of Directors is responsible for aiding in establishing District and conservation policies (NSWCP), rules and regulations, and adopting the necessary budget, in order to fulfill the responsibilities of the District as authorized and required by law.  The day-to-day management as well as helping establish policies, programs, rules and regulations is the General Manager’s responsibility.  Not only do the board members make decisions about conservation programs at the District level, they also bring a wealth of local judgment and experience when adapting state and national programs to local situations. 

The Board holds regularly scheduled monthly meetings on the second Thursday of every month at the NRD office in Thedford. To read more information about the ULNRD, please visit our website at If you have any questions, please contact the ULNRD office at 308-645-2250.


Recycling Update from the ULNRD

From July 1 to September 30, 2015, 41,600 pounds of materials have been recycled through the Upper Loup NRD! This amount of materials has impacted the environment in multiple ways. The illustration below demonstrates the positive outcomes that originated from our recycling efforts. Thank you to the community for your continues support in making our recycling program successful!


Mullen Grade School Receives Nature in Neighborhoods Grant

      The Nature in Neighborhoods grant supports hands-on activities and environmental education programs that protect and contribute to watershed health in the District. The program connects community-minded people to their neighborhoods, natural areas, backyards and beyond. In addition, this program is intended to encourage awareness, appreciation, knowledge and active conservation of natural resources.  The Upper Loup NRD was honored to reward the Mullen Grade School with this Grant.               
    “We wanted to beautify a scarred area,” said Roxann Brown, Mullen Elementary teacher. And that is just what they did. Students helped with planting flowers, decorating stepping stones, moving dirt and placing landscaping materials in the area northeast of the grade school. A bench was built in the middle of the area to sit and enjoy the outdoors, and even catch a few butterflies landing on the flowers.            
   For more information about the Nature in Neighborhoods grant or how you or your organization can apply for the grant, please visit our website at


ULNRD Offers Trees and Shrubs for Fall Planting

Fall is an ideal time for planting trees and shrubs.  The soil is warmer now than in the spring, and there's still time for roots to get established before the snow flies. Roots can grow in soil as cold as 40 degrees, and soil remains warm long after the air temperature drops.  By planting in a cooler time of year, the root growth will be ready to take up water during our hot spring temperatures. When leaves unfurl and expand, the increased roots are better able to access the reservoir of water, and the stress of transplanting is drastically reduced.  You will need to plant trees and shrubs now through mid-October.

This year, Bessey Nursery has a wide variety of small potted plants and shrubs that will be available for fall planting.  Some of the species include; Colorado blue spruce, several pine varieties, Silver Maple, Amur Maple, Red Oak, Bur oak, American Hazelnut, Buffalo Berry, Sand Cherry, Snowberry and several more.  For more information on the available species and container sizes available you can contact the Upper Loup NRD at 308-645-2250.  The NRD will take orders now through Tuesday October 13th.

We recommend following these planting tips. 1) Do not amend the soil or add compost into the planting hole. This is especially crucial for trees and larger shrubs. If the soil in the planting hole is much more nutrient-rich than the surrounding soil, the roots won't want to spread beyond it and will grow in circles instead of out like a web. This will cause the plant to become less stable. Adding compost as a top dressing is fine, as it will work its way down.  2)  Do not fertilize the tree or shrub. Since it is fall, we do not want to encourage foliage to grow, as it will only weaken the plant and take energy away from root establishment. The best time to fertilize is in the spring.  3) Do not prune the tree or shrub. Pruning encourages new growth, which has the same detrimental effects in the fall as fertilizer (above).  Adding a rooting hormone, which encourages only roots to grow, not foliage, is fine. 4) Press the soil down lightly, but do not stomp it down. You will want air pockets so rain can get through, roots can grow, and worms can do their jobs. 5) Mulch around the planting hole, at least two inches. You do not want to mound it up to look like a volcano. Keep the mulch from directly touching the trunk(s) or stem(s).  6) Lastly, don’t forget to water newly planted trees or shrubs, daily, until the ground freezes (generally early December). Trees and shrubs are thirsty, big drinkers. Not watering them properly is a big mistake, especially in fall when they really need to establish roots in a short time.


Upper Loup NRD Recycle Update

From April 1 to June 30, 2015, the Upper Loup NRD has recycled 43,560 pounds of materials! This amount of materials has impacted the environment in multiple ways. The illustration below demonstrates the positive outcomes that originated from our recycling efforts. Thank you to the community for your continued support in making our recycling program successful!