REP. TOM OSBORNE SURVEYS CRP-MAP HUNTING ACCESS PROGRAM
Loup City, Neb. — U.S. Representative Tom Osborne toured several projects
in Valley, Sherman and Custer counties Sept. 27 to assess accomplishments
of the recent Focus on Pheasants initiative, a joint effort by the
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and Pheasants Forever (PF).
During the tour Osborne saw first-hand the results of Nebraskas
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). “The CRP program, one of the most
significant conservation programs in Nebraska, has been very important to
the states pheasant population,” Osborne said. “Pheasants thrive in CRP
acres especially those with recently upgraded habitat.”
In addition to CRP, the pheasant initiative involves several strategies to
address the decline of Nebraskas pheasant population and promote pheasant
hunting opportunities in the state. One of the most successful is the
CRP-Management Access Program (CRP-MAP), a partnership effort between NGPC
“CRP-MAP is a walk-in access program for hunters, trappers and other bird
watching enthusiasts that was begun in 1997,” said Jim Douglas,
administrator of the Commissions Wildlife Division.
“Landowners are also required to upgrade the quality of habitat on at
least 10 percent of the CRP acres each year by light disking and
interseeding of legumes,” he said.
The method of upgrading habitat through light disking and interseeding
thins cover to allow sunlight to reach the ground and promote the growth
broadleaf plants. Pheasants thrive on disturbed weedy areas, which produce
far more grasshoppers and other insects than do solid stands of grass.
Insects are high in protein, which is essential for the growth of pheasant
Lavern Wojtalewicz of Saint Paul, who enrolled some of his CRP acres just
outside of Loup City in the CRP-MAP program, said “CRP-MAP has worked for
me. I am an absentee landowner. Now I dont have problems with trespassers
and their leaving gates open, and I receive a payment for allowing people
For more information about the CRP-MAP program and the habitat needs of
pheasants and other game birds, contact your local NGPC office.
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