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April 11, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation, 441-7939
Tom Malmstrom, Parks and Recreation, 476-2729

Wetlands project also receives state award

Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that a $800,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) will help preserve and protect the most imperiled natural community in the state – the Eastern Saline Wetlands area. Located primarily in the Salt Creek watershed in northern Lancaster and southern Saunders counties, the area is home to two endangered species (the Salt Creek tiger beetle and the saltwort plant) as well as other rare animal and plant life.

The funding is for the first year of a three-year, $1.2 million NET grant for the acquisition, restoration and the purchase of easements in cooperation with local landowners. The land acquired or protected by conservation easements also will provide flood control and water quality protection.

“The Trust is a great partner on these important environmental projects that the City is unable to fund on its own,” said Mayor Beutler. The NET is funded by proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery and private donations. This year, the Trust is awarding more than $14 million to 77 projects.

The City is partnering in the project with Lancaster County, the Lower Platte South NRD, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, USDA-Natural Resources and Conservation Service, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, The Nature Conservancy and the Wachiska Audubon Society.

In March, the Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership received the Nebraska Partnership for All-Bird Conservation (NPABC) Outstanding Bird Conservation Award at the 38th Annual Rivers and Wildlife Celebration. The event is co-hosted by Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary, Audubon Nebraska and the NPABC. Other partners joining the City in accepting this award were Lancaster County, the Lower Platte South NRD, The Nature Conservancy and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

More information about the project, the Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership and the 2007 Progress Report is available on the City Web site at (keyword: wetland).

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