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(Neb.)-Western Nebraska Landowners Eligible For Fencing Incentive

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 08/06/2014 11:16 AM

(PANHANDLE)-Landowners in the Panhandle and a portion of north-central Nebraska have the opportunity to benefit from a program to install wildlife-friendly fence on their properties.

 

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is awarding an incentive of up to $1,000 per mile of fencing to landowners in its northwestern district on a first-come, first-served basis. With a signed contract prior to fence construction, landowners will receive incentive funds to help construct wildlife-friendly fences that both border other properties and those within their property’s boundaries. All projects must be completed by Oct. 31st.

 

The program, originally limited to landowners of the Pine Ridge and Oglala Grasslands regions, has been expanded to include properties of the entire northwestern district. The area includes all counties west of and including Cherry, Hooker, Thomas, Grant, Garden and Deuel.

 

A wildlife-friendly fence design serves its purpose for livestock while allowing wild animals to travel over or under the fence with minimal chance of getting caught. “This program promotes fences that are beneficial for both wildlife and landowners,” said Shelley Steffl of Chadron, a Game and Parks private lands wildlife biologist. “Not only are animals less likely to become injured, but landowners who install wildlife-friendly fence are likely to encounter fewer costs for maintenance.”

 

To be eligible for the program, barbed-wire boundary fences must be no higher than 42 inches and consist of no more than four wires. Interior barbed-wire fences must have no more than three wires at a maximum height of 38 inches. Both interior and boundary fences require a smooth bottom wire 16 inches from the ground and 12 inches between the top two wires. A design for high-tensile electric fence also is eligible, with design specifications similar, though not identical, to those of the barbed wire.

 

The $50,000 available for the projects is largely funded by a grant from the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, the 1937 legislation that created an excise tax on sporting goods to fund wildlife management. Interested landowners may contact Steffl at 308-432-6183 or shelley.steffl@nebraska.gov or Katy Kuhnel at 308-432-6122 or katy.kuhnel@nebraska.gov.

 

--Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


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