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National Resources Inventory

Nebraska NRI

NRI logoThe 1997 National Resources Inventory (NRI) is the latest in a series of inventories conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. It provides updated information on the status, condition and trends of land, soil, water and related resources on Nebraska's nonfederal land.

The purpose of the NRI is to provide information that can be used for effectively formulating policy and developing natural resource conservation programs at the national, state and local level. Through legislation - the Rural Development Act of 1972, the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 1977, and other supporting acts - Congress mandates that the NRI be conducted every five years. This information allows Congress, Federal agencies and others to evaluate existing programs, propose potential new programs and allocate USDA financial and technical assistance to address priority natural resource concerns.

The NRI was scientifically designed and conducted and is based on recognized statistical sampling methods. Data for the NRI were collected from more than 22,000 locations by Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel across the state. NRI data are statistically reliable for state and sub-state analysis.

There was an update to the 1997 data in 2003, but this data is reliable at the state level only.  It is not statistically reliable at the county, watershed or Natural Resources District level.

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National NRI Information:
National NRI Information web site

Adobe Acrobat documentSummary Report 1997 National Resources Inventory (revised December 2000)

Nebraska NRI Information:
Adobe Acrobat documentNebraska's Natural Resources Trends (1982 - 1997)

Adobe Acrobat documentNebraska Range Data Collection Brochure

Adobe Acrobat documentNebraska Total Surface Area by Land Cover/Use and Nebraska Water and Wind Erosion on Cropland (2003)

Adobe Acrobat documentNebraska Grazing Lands (2003)

Adobe Acrobat documentNebraska CRP Land (2002 & 2003)

Adobe Acrobat documentNebraska Loss of Prime Farmland by Land Cover/Use (2002)

Adobe Acrobat documentNebraska Cowardin System Wetlands (2003)

Adobe Acrobat documentNebraska Irrigated Acres (2001-2003)

Wayne Vanek
NRI/SSURGO Coordinator
Phone: (402) 437-4125
Fax: (402) 437-5327