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FREE Wildflower Seed Offer! 
For a limited time only, you can receive 10 acres of FREE wildflower habitat seed with your order of at least 15 acres of habitat seed through Pheasants Forever.

Offer Details and Restrictions:

  • Available in the following counties:  Banner, Buffalo, Chase, Cheyenne, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Gosper, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Kearney, Keith, Kimball, Lincoln, Morrill, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Scottsbluff, Sioux, and Webster.
  • 15 Acre order minimum of a habitat mixture.  This could include either a project that you are establishing on your own or through a USDA program.
  • You can receive a 10 acre bag of a highly diverse wildflower mixture designed by Pheasants Forever biologists with your order.
  • Wildflower mixture is a $486 value!
  • Wildflower mixtures will be offered on a first come, first served basis & supplies are limited.
  • Inquire about the wildflower mixture when placing your habitat seed order.

 

This page describes a program for landowners that was available through funding from Quail Forever, the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. This habitat program offered more incentives to establish highly diverse wildlife mixtures on cropland as well as incentives for public access.

Eligible Counties for this Program
Banner, Buffalo, Chase, Cheyenne, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Gosper, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Kearney, Keith, Kimball, Lincoln, Morrill, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Scotts Bluff, Sioux, and Webster

Please Note – the focus of this grant was to provide incentives for better wildlife habitat and provide public access on projects in this area.
Available Incentives

  1. Up to $5 per acre/year (for up to 5 years) for providing public access. Eligible lands included those enrolled in a conservation program that restored or managed wildlife habitat on cropland. Examples included: CREP, CRP, CCRP, EQIP or other conservation programs. By “other conservation program”, this could include almost any type of agreement that is put together with the landowner. Examples included local PF & QF chapter projects, NRD projects, etc.
  2. $1 per acre/year (for up to 5 years) for providing public access on incidental lands. Eligible lands would include those that are adjacent to or part of the conservation program lands listed in option #1 above.
  3. $25 per acre one-time incentive or “bonus” payment for enrolling new cropland acres in a conservation program. The incentive payment would be to plant a highly diverse mixture of grasses, legumes and forbs that were designed by a wildlife biologist to maximize the wildlife benefits on the enrolled land. This practice needed to be applied to cropland that is converted to wildlife habitat and public access was not required.

The highly diverse mixtures approved for incentive payments would be those that were designed to include a PLS seeding rate that is >50% forbs, contains >20 species and generally follows the guidelines associated with the CP38 program and mixtures in the Pheasants Forever Habitat Guide and Seed Mixture Catalogue.

Areas of Opportunity

  1.  CP38 – SAFE projects: offering additional incentives to get landowners to enroll and then plant the most highly diverse wildlife mixtures possible.
  2. Platte Republican CREP: encouraging additional enrollment in the program with these additional cost share incentives.
  3. Enrolling existing CRP into new CRP-MAP contracts: this is a new, additional pool of funding that can be used to enroll CRP-MAP contracts.
  4. Enrolling EQIP projects into public access: a new offer for landowners in the eligible counties to consider public access on their lands.
  5. Enroll public access on other Conservation Programs lands: Examples can now include Corners for Wildlife projects, NRD projects, Wheat Stubble program, etc.

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