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Funded with the help of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the WILD Nebraska Program provides landowners with financial assistance to create new wildlife habitat or to enhance, improve and maintain existing habitat. Transitional land use payments may also be used to complement the enhancement activity. A broad spectrum of activities is included under WILD Nebraska, ranging from grassland and prairie establishment/enhancement to tree planting activities. Applications for WILD funding must be received by July 31 of each program year.

Beginning in 2005, a provision requiring landowners to allow public access for hunting and trapping on WILD Nebraska enrolled acres was discontinued.  However, landowners who wish to allow public access for hunting and trapping can receive an additional $3 per acre annual payment for each of the practices listed.

WILD Nebraska Practices and Activities in the South Platte NRD

Grassland Establishment 

Incentive
(C/S = Cost Share)

Contract  (years) Minimum Acres
Grassland or prairie establishment 80% C/S on materials & labor, Max. $2,500/year 10 5
Wildlife shrub planting 80% C/S on materials & labor, Max. $2,500/year 10 1
Grassland Enhancement
and Grazing Management

Incentive
(C/S = Cost Share)

Contract  (years) Minimum Acres
Light disking 80% C/S 10 1
Fencing for habitat protection (CRP not eligible) 50% C/S on
materials & labor
10 5
Interseeding established grasslands w/grasses and forbs 80% C/S on materials & labor, Max. $2,500/year 10 5
Light disking and interseeding of grasses and forbs 80% C/S on materials & labor, Max. $2,500/year 10 5
Prescribed burning Avg. payment $12.50/acre for 5-50 acres, Avg. $4/acre for 50 acres or more, Max. $2,500/year 10 5
Wildlife shrub planting 80% C/S on materials & labor, Max. $2,500/year 10 1
CRP Enhancement

Incentive
(C/S = Cost Share)

Contract (years) Minimum Acres
Weed barrier for trees & shrubs 50% C/S on
materials & labor
10 n/a
Light disking 80% C/S 10 1
Interseeding established grasslands w/legumes and forbs 80% C/S on
materials & labor
10 1
Prescribed burning Avg. payment $12.50/acre for 5-50 acres, Avg. $4/acre for 50 acres or more, Max. $2,500 /year 10 5
Cropland Enhancement

Incentive
(C/S = Cost Share)

Contract (years) Minimum Acres
Wheat stubble management (varies--see below) 5
Option #1: 12" tall stubble left from harvest to June 30.  Herbicide restrictions apply.**

$7 per acre, Max. 250 acres

(renewable annually)  
Option #2:  12" tall stubble left from Harvest to March 1.  Herbicide restrictions apply. ** $3 per acre, Max. 250 acres (renewable annually)  
Woodland Establishment or Enhancement

Incentive
(C/S = Cost Share)

Contract (years) Minimum Acres
Riparian forest buffers Max. $2,500/year 10 n/a
Fencing for habitat protection (CRP not eligible) 50% C/S on
materials & labor
10 varies
Wildlife shelterbelts 80% C/S on materials & labor, Max. $2,500/year 10 5
Wildlife shrub plantings   80% C/S on materials & labor, Max $2,500/year 10 1
Wetland Establishment and Enhancement

Incentive
(C/S = Cost Share)

Contract (years) Minimum Acres
Fencing for habitat protection (CRP not eligible) 50% C/S on
materials & labor
10 5
Prescribed burning Avg. payment $12.50/acre for 5-50 acres, Avg. $4/acre for 50 acres or more, Max. $2,500/year 10 5
Water control structure installation Max. $2,500/year 10 n/a
Wetland silt and fill removal Max. $2,500/year 10 n/a
Wetland vegetation management Max. $2,500/year 10 n/a
 
Add $3 per acre annual payment to each of the above practices if public access, including hunting is allowed. 

 ** Herbicide use is restricted in order to qualify for the incentives.  A basic broadleaf burndown herbicide such as 2,4-D is allowed before May 15 of the growing season to control winter annual weeds.  No pre-emergent herbicides or herbicides with carryover are allowed.  After harvest, herbicides are allowed on stubble after Sept. 15.  For chemical fallow purposes the following year, herbicides must be applied before April 15.

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