Nebraska grasslands decreasing yearly; experts say conservation is vital

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says one-third of grasslands in the state are in danger of disappearing.

T.J. Walker of the commission’s Wildlife Division says conservation is important for everyone, not just farmers.

“The grasslands are pretty important to Nebraska,” he said.  “I mean, they’re important economically with the livestock production, and you know, the small communities out in our grasslands that depend upon that and the income that comes with that.”

Walker says that much of the land used to produce foods like beef is privately owned grasslands, putting conservation into the hands of landowners.

“We’re actually wanting landowners working on their own lands, working with their neighbors, and then coming to us with what their needs are,” he said. “We can help identify those needs, we can help find funding.”

Walker said there are many conservation groups in Lincoln, but the best way to understand the importance of grasslands is to get out and see them.

“A lot of what we do as an agency is providing opportunities for people to go out and enjoy nature, whether that be hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, whatever it might be, you know, and that’s, that’s who we’re doing it for,” he said. “For the public, for our constituents, and for the landowners.”

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