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Lower Niobrara NRD

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Office Information

Name Address Phone Numbers
James H. Mathine
District Conservationist
108 West North Street
PO Box 69
Spencer, NE 68777
  • Phone: (402) 589-9019 ext. 3
  • Fax: (402) 589-1538

District Conservationist Biographical Sketch

Jim Mathine district conservationist

James H. Mathine
District Conservationist
Lower Niobrara NRD

1985 -- Received Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I grew up on a farm in Knox County. I began with the Soil Conservation Service in 1984 as a student trainee. Upon graduation from UNL, I worked as a Soil Conservationist in Stanton and later as a District Conservationist in St. James, Minnesota. In 1990, I became the District Conservationist for the Lower Niobrara NRD in Butte, Nebraska.

Resource Needs and Concerns

In February 1997, the Lower Niobrara NRD's Local Work Group conducted a random survey throughout the District to help determine resource needs and concerns within the NRD. The survey indicated that the top three resource concerns were:

The survey overwhelmingly indicated that the greatest need for program and financial assistance to address resource needs was in the areas of soil erosion and rangeland management. Other significant concerns include the need for flood control measures, improved wildlife habitat, and control of agrochemical runoff.

Priorities Address by NRCS

The top three priorities for the Lower Niobrara NRD are:

NRCS provides the technical leadership needed to implement many of the conservation practices used to address those concerns. The major kinds of technical assistance gained from NRCS to help achieve these priorities are:

Primary programs and services

Other programs being used include 319 project area, as well as local NRD programs. Most landowners discover that if they have a significant resource concern, NRCS is able to advise them with a specific program or a combination of programs that will solve their need.

  • Water Quality
  • Soil Erosion
  • Rangeland Improvement
  1. Soil Erosion Reduction
  2. Water quality/quantity management
  3. Rangeland and pasture land improvement
  • Development of resource management plans with producers
  • Completing survey, design, and other field activities in response to producer requests
  • Oversight of practice implementation and maintenance