Additional SAFE Acres Available in Nebraska. CRP, State Acres for Wildlife

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Additional SAFE Acres Available in Nebraska


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

LINCOLN, Neb. - An additional 25,000 acres are allocated for the State Acres for Wildlife (SAFE) initiative to conserve wildlife habitat in Nebraska.

That means those who have expired or expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) tracts or have acres not accepted in the last CRP sign-up period, might qualify for SAFE.

SAFE participants will receive annual rental payments, cost shares for the installation of habitat enhancement practices, and possibly additional signing and practice incentives through the Focus on Pheasants or Open Fields and Waters programs.

SAFE is a CRP initiative designed to enhance as much as 850,000 acres of wildlife habitat nationwide. The goal is to enhance habitat for species that are threatened or endangered, have suffered significant population declines, or are important environmentally, economically or socially.

Of the acres allocated in Nebraska, 10,000 are for tallgrass prairie for greater prairie chicken in the following counties: Knox, Cedar, Dixon, Wayne, Pierce, Antelope, Boone, Nance, Madison and Stanton in the northeast and Nuckolls, Thayer, Jefferson, Gage, Pawnee, Richardson, Nemaha, Johnson, Saline, Fillmore, Lancaster and Otoe in the southeast. There are 15,000 acres for statewide upland game birds, including pheasant and quail.

Interested landowners should contact their county Farm Service Agency office to see if they qualify for SAFE. Enrollment will be on a continuous basis until the allocated acres are gone.

Contact:
Jerry Kane (402) 471-5008 or [email protected]
 


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