The objective of this project is to improve wildlife habitat on private and public lands by installing fencing and watering facilities to allow for prescribed grazing management. The environmental outputs will be improved lake, stream, wetland, and prairie habitat on 5,895 acres and improved water quality by encouraging best management practices on surrounding lakes, streams, and wetland areas. Partners in this project include private landowners, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Nebraska Cattlemen. These partners will provide match exceeding 1:1. This project is a continuation of a partnership that received Nebraska Environmental Trust in the past (04-169, 05-176, 08-144, and 12-142) when the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was the applicant. All four grants have all been successfully completed, and a summary of the results is provided in the narrative.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $289 million in grants to over 2,000 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.