NORFOLK, Neb. -- An opportunity to provide concerns, ideas, and questions about natural resources is set to take place in Norfolk.

On Thursday, March 28, the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District (LENRD) will host an event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for residents looking to provide ideas, concerns, and input on natural resources in their area.

A Local Working Group, which provides advice on priorities for the United States Department of Agriculture, will be in attendance to hear the community's input.

The group plans to use information gathered at Thursday's meeting to tailor the U.S. Department of Agriculture's natural resource programs to meet locally identified needs. 

Robin Sutherland, the district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, said these meetings is an opportunity for local input on how federal dollars are used.

“The Local Working Group recommends to the NRCS State Conservationist how conservation programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, or Agricultural Conservation Easement Program would be used most effectively in their area," Sutherland stated in a press release. "This recommendation can include special target areas, cost share rates on conservation programs, which conservation practices should have cost assistance, or how many dollars could be needed.” 

The meeting will be held at the LENRD office at 1508 Square Turn Boulevard in Norfolk.

Those who attend are also encouraged to remain after the Local Working Group meeting and attend the Board of Directors meeting at 7:30 p.m.