Some Nebraska cattle producers are trying to protect the world’s largest intact grassland from its biggest threat: eastern red cedar trees.
“We used to have free time, but now we call it tree time because if you get a free minute, you better be cutting trees otherwise, you’ll get behind.”
Adam Sweitzer ranches in Sandhills near Burwell and tells Brownfield native grasses are being overtaken. “The biggest problem is that an 8-to-10-foot tree will use anywhere from 50 to 100 gallons per tree per day.
How cattle producers in Nebraska are conserving the world’s largest intact grassland