2022 Berggren Plan Web

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12 Table 1� Habitat Improvement Projects Completed on Private Lands Within the Berggren Plan 1�0 Priority Areas, 2016-2020 Priority Area Projects Completed Acres Impacted Southwest FOP 1,005 91,003�1 South-Central FOP 357 25,659�2 Northern Panhandle POA 32 3,007�7 Southern Panhandle POA 86 10,202�6 Southeast POA 267 35,967�8 Northeast POA 347 31,874�0 Central POA 286 12,338�4 Central Platte POA 54 6,497�3 Totals (All Priority Areas) 2,434 216,550�1 Public access opportunities on private lands increased substantially over the past five years (Figure 3)� More than 138,000 acres were added to the Open Fields and Waters (OFW) Program from 2016-2020 (59�2% increase) and the total statewide enrollment is currently at an all-time high (2020-21: 372,685 acres)� More than 75% of these new enrollments occurred within the priority areas and consisted of CRP, tall stubble, and other habitat types used by pheasants� Other access- related achievements during this timeframe included the strengthening of partnerships to facilitate additional public hunting opportunities on both private and conservation partner lands (e�g�, N-CORPE, Lower Loup NRD, Nebraska Board of Educational Lands and Funds)� Currently, Nebraska has more than 1�2 million acres of publicly accessible lands, including federal, state, conservation partner and privately-owned (OFW) lands� Habitat and access-related accomplishments are summarized for each priority area in Appendix A� Other Berggren Plan tactics completed from 2016-2020 are summarized in Appendix E�

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