Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve
At the Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve one can experience Nebraska’s Central Loess Hills, an extensive rolling hardland region that was once vegetated with mixed-grass prairie. The Central Loess Hills contain the Loup River system, which comes out of the Sandhills to the west, and such towns as Broken Bow, Sargent, Calloway and Arnold, to name just a few located north and west of this property.
In November of 1983 Howard Juhl donated his 320-acre Buffalo County property to Prairie Plains Resource Institute. This was land Mr. Juhl helped his father farm through the depression years leading up to World War II. Mr. Juhl enlisted in the Navy prior to the War, and was in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, when Japan attacked the United States fleet harbored there. His gift of land is dedicated to those who survived this attack.
One quarter section (160 acres) of the property is in cropland, which is used to provide management funds for the land. The other quarter section is native prairie - some never broken, some restored to high diversity prairie and some eroded hill land in a go-back condition recovering from past farming activity. Mr. Juhl endowed the property with a small bison herd, which still roams the hills.
The Central Nebraska Loess Hills have a beauty all their own - large rolling hills breaking into the distance. At the Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve the hills drain northward toward the South Loup River near Pleasanton. The prairie is characterized by a mix of short grasses like sideoats and blue grammas, and tall grasses such as big bluestem and Indiangrass, depending on soil moisture conditions. There are a variety of wildflowers such as leadplant, prairie violet, prairie clover, purple coneflower, prairie turnip and many more. Wildlife includes mule and white-tail deer, jackrabbits, badger, coyotes and various bird species.
Prescribed burning has been carried out on occasion since 1987, primarily to discourage smooth brome grass and to stimulate the growth of native grasses and wildflowers. Prescribed grazing is done annually during the spring and fall, also to help control smooth brome. Much has been learned on this preserve over the past 20 years regarding management and restoration of this landscape. Burning and grazing activities - the two main factors driving the prairie ecosystem - are essential in its restoration to productive agricultural or wildlife uses.
Located six miles north of Riverdale on Riverdale Road, then west two miles on Pole Line Road; Buffalo County north of Kearney, NE.
Latitude/Longitude (NAD83): N40 52 22.6;W99 30.0
UTM (NAD83): Zone 14N; 483850 (easting), 4524670 northing)
- See an aerial photo of Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve
- Read more about Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve in a 2004 spotlight article featured in Volume 2, Number 4 of Prairie Plains Quarterly.
- Download a brochure for Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve
- Check out photos of Pearl Harbor Survivors Preserve and other Preserves in our Scrapbook
1307 L Street
Aurora, NE 68818