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The Migratory Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) State Acres for Wildlife (SAFE) project is designed to provide private land owners a market-based financial incentive for restoring playa wetlands. Playa wetlands are shallow depressions that often fill with water after spring rainstorms, providing habitat for millions of migratory birds and recharging the underlying aquifers. There are three playa areas of Nebraska included in this CRP Migratory Bird SAFE: Central Table Playas, Southwest Playas, and Rainwater Basin.
There are 42 Nebraska counties with land included in the project area: Adams, Banner, Blaine, Buffalo, Butler, Chase, Cheyenne, Clay, Custer, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy, Fillmore, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Gosper, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Jefferson, Kearney, Keith, Kimball, Lancaster, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Morrill, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Polk, Saline, Seward, Thayer, Valley, Webster and York.
The purpose of this CRP Migratory Bird SAFE is to restore playas to their proper function, providing benefits that include improved water quality, water recharge for the Ogallala Aquifer and habitat for migrating waterfowl, cranes and shorebirds.
Contact Your Local USDA Service Center
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical assistance to landowners, while the offer is submitted through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). FSA will evaluate submitted offers in a competitive process. To find a local office, visit: www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment.