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Lower Platte South NRD

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Office Information

Name Address Phone Numbers
Cory Schmidt
District Conservationist
8000 S 15th Street
Suite D
Lincoln, NE 68512
Phone: (402) 423-9683 ext. 3
Fax: (402) 423-7614
  • District Conservationist Biographical Sketch
  • Resource Needs and Concerns
  • Priorities Addressed by NRCS
  • Primary Programs and Services
  • Lower Platte South NRD homepage

District Conservationist Biographical Sketch

Photo of Corey SchmidtCory Schmidt
District Conservationist
Lower Platte South NRD

Cory leads the Natural Resources Conservation Service team that addresses the resource needs in Lancaster and Cass Counties.

The team includes Resource Conservationist, Soil Conservationist, Civil Engineering Technician, Soil Conservation Technicians, NRD Soil Conservation Technicians and NRD District Secretaries.

"I was raised in south central Nebraska and graduated from Franklin High School in 1993. I graduated from the University of Missouri in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management. Following graduation, I worked as a research assistant for The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. In December of 2004, I accepted a position as the Lower Elkhorn NRD Forester located in the Stanton, Neb., NRCS Field Office. In 2009, I started my full-time career with NRCS as a Resource Conservationist serving Madison County. In July 2016, I was selected to serve as the District Conservationist in the Lincoln Field Office."

Resource Needs and Concerns

  • Water Quality
  • Water Quantity
  • Soil Erosion
  • Enhance Wildlife Habitat
  • Wetland Protection

Priorities Addressed by NRCS

NRCS, through a variety of programs and with the help from partners continues to address the district’s resource priorities in the following ways:

  1. The area has a strong soil conservation ethic millions of feet of terraces, waterways, diversions, tile outlets, and acres of no-till residue management have been installed.  NRD cost share programs and EQIP continue to provide incentives to have practices installed.

  2. Watershed Structures and small farm ponds have been installed to reduce erosion and flooding.  Programs that allow structures include PL 566, EQIP, WHIP and the NRD small dam program.

  3. Pasture and rangeland acres have and continued to be improved with fencing and the use of proper grazing techniques through EQIP.

  4. Water Quality, which has always been a secondary benefit from the installation of conservation practices, is gaining more attention.  Areas have been identified as water quality priority areas and receive special consideration through several programs.

  5. Streams and Saline Wetlands are resource concerns in the district.  WRP has provided an alternative in restoring wetland functions and values in Lancaster County.  Miles of conservation buffers have been installed around wetlands, creeks and streams in the district.

Primary Programs and Services