2022 Berggren Plan Web

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37 SOUTHERN PANHANDLE PHEASANT OPPORTUNITY AREA (SPPOA) Berggren Plan 1�0 Accomplishments within the SPPOA (2016-2020): • Completed 86 habitat improvement projects with private landowners, positively impacting more than 10,000 acres • Enrolled 16,393 additional acres of upland habitat (net gain) into OFW Program (171% increase) • Enrolled more than 6,000 acres of tall wheat and milo stubble into OFW annually during three of the last four seasons • Nearly 20% of existing CRP acres within the SPPOA are currently open to public access through OFW Primary Objectives for Berggren Plan 2�0 (2022-2026): • Incentivize CRP enrollments and high-quality habitat upgrades on existing CRP stands – especially on sites open to public access • Increase public hunting opportunities on private lands through OFW, with overall goal of enrolling more than 30,000 acres of CRP to complement Southwest Nebraska as a pheasant hunting destination • Seek opportunities to create or improve pheasant habitat on private lands using other USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs (e�g�, Grassland CRP) to expand on the existing habitat base Table A5� Habitat and Access Goals (2022-2026) for the Southern Panhandle Pheasant Opportunity Area (SPPOA) Practice 5-year Goals (Acres) Annual Goals (Acres) New CRP a 11,758 2,351�6 CRP Re-Enrollment b 43,389 8,677�8 CRP Mid-Contract Management c 7,014�3 1,402�9 Shrub Plantings (non-CRP) n=100 n=20 Total Habitat 62,161�3 12,432�3 a Represents 13.3% increase compared to current (2020) CRP enrollment (88,242 ac) b Represents 100% retention of general/continuous CRP acres scheduled to expire from 2021-2025 c Represents 33.3% of total CRP acres due for Mid-Contract Management from 2021-2025 (21,043 ac) Practice Available CRP in 2020 (Acres) CRP Acres Enrolled in OFW (2020-21) 5-year Goal (Acres) Public Access (CRP) d 88,242 15,921�2 (18�0%) 35% of available d Public Access (Stubble) e 9,000 d Represents a "moving goal" based on available general/continuous CRP acreage e Represents a 42.9% increase compared to current (2020-21) enrollment in OFW (6,298.2 ac)

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