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Upper Republican NRD

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Office Information

Name Address Phone Numbers
Andy Keep
District Conservationist
 
706 East 5th Street
P.O. Box 1079
Imperial, NE 69033-1079
 
  • Phone: (308) 882-4263, ext. 3
  • Fax: (308) 882-3919

  • Graduated from UNL with a Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources Majoring in Environmental Studies in 2000.  I worked as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for the City of Lincoln for four years from 2000 to 2004.
     
  • I began my career with NRCS in 2004 as a Soil Conservationist in the Benkelman Field Office.  I have since worked in NRCS Field Offices in; Red Cloud, Nebraska; Delta, Colorado; Meeker, Colorado; and Neligh, Nebraska.  In September of 2012 I started working as the District Conservationist in Imperial.  My career has come full circle as I am now back in southwest Nebraska where it began. 

 

    Resource Needs and Concerns

    The Upper Republican NRD has a total of 1,7238,070 acres which make up the counties of Chase, Dundy, and Perkins. Approximately 56% of the total acres is cropland with 47% being irrigated. Approximately 40% is rangeland. The major crops in the NRD are wheat, corn, and dry edible beans with significant acres of sunflowers, millet, potatoes alfalfa, and forage sorghum. More than 30,000 acres of dryland cropland are enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. The average annual precipitation ranges from 19 inches in the East to 18 inches in the West. Irrigation is an essential part of the farming of the NRD. The majority of the 452,100 acres of irrigated cropland are center pivot irrigated from the 3556 groundwater wells.

    A diversity of resource needs and concerns exist and have been identified by local leaders within the Upper Republican NRD. These concerns in ranked order include:

    1. Groundwater Quality
    2. Rangeland Health
    3. Riparian Area Improvement
    4. Wetlands
    5. Soil Erosion on Cropland
    6. Wildlife Habitat

    Primary programs and services NRCS works with and provides technical assistance to landowners and landusers so that the landowners/users can develop and implement conservation plans which address the natural resource concerns and needs of the land.

    NRCS assists landowners and landusers utilize a number of programs which provide cost-share assistance. These programs include:

    • EQIP -- Environmental Quality Incentives Program
    • CRP -- Conservation Reserve Program
    • WHIP -- Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
    • SIP -- Stewardship Incentive Program
    • NSWCP -- Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program

    NRCS works closely with area schools to provide hands-on environmental education experiences. Outdoor classrooms have been established with the Venango, Grant, and Elsie Elementary Schools. NRCS staff members are involved in a number of presentations for SCORE (Science Camps Offer Rewarding Experiences) Camp. NRCS staff also volunteer as educators and counselors for the Nebraska Range Youth Camp which is sponsored by the Nebraska Section, Society for Range Management. 

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