Posted 9 months ago
By John Axtell
Over 2 dozen conservation officials from 5 states are in Chadron for the annual conference of the North Plains Region of the National Association of Conservation Districts. The gathering began Wednesday and runs through Friday afternoon.
Nebraska Association of Resource Districts executive director Dean Edson, who is hosting along with the Upper Niobrara White NRD, says it’s the first time the conference has been held in the Panhandle.
“It’s conservation leaders from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. Each state rotates among hosting it and we’ve (Nebraska) had it in two different locations but this is the first time we’ve had it in Chadron.”
Edson says the Chadron conference will have some indoor sessions, but most of it will be tours around the area focused on water and wildfires.
“We’ll be talking a lot about water quality issues, water quantity, soil conservation. We’ll also be touring the Pine Ridge areas that had the wildfires last year and look at methods we can utilize to control the spread of wildfires and to help with recovery efforts in burned areas.”
Edson says the Upper Niobrara White NRD will also be sharing what it’s done over the past decade in the areas of groundwater quality and quantity.
Tour locations include Fort Robinson and Chadron State Parks as well as federal and private land.