A Monthly Publication of the Nebraska Environmental Trust

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Dave Heineman, Governor

Board of Trustees

District I
District II
District III

Agency Directors

Trust Staff

May 2014

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director Corner
  2. Notification About Grants & Document Submission
  3. Omaha Bike-Share System Expands
  4. Upcoming Events


Executive Director Corner

Colleges, universities and K-12 schools are wrapping up.  Graduation announcements fill the mailbox and parties are appearing on the calendar the next few weeks.  We are welcoming two new faces to the Ferguson House.  David Geier with the Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling has his office in the library and Anne McCollister with the Nebraska City-County Management Association is setting up in the basement beginning June 1st. 

Abby Anderson has an office on the third floor.  Abby is a photographer and she makes use of the ballroom on occasion and grounds around the Ferguson House now that things have greened up.  This is the fullest the Ferguson House has been since the Trust moved in over 11 years ago. 

We have hired Berggren Architects to look into repairs needed for the carriage house and one of the porches on the Ferguson House.  There is always something needing attention on buildings that are over 100 years old. 

The Trust is participating in events like the Children’s Groundwater Festival, Waterfest, Lauritzen Garden’s Spring into Spring event and the Thompson Creek Bio Blitz this month.  Projects awarded Trust funds last month are cranking up and we are starting to see the progress.  It is always exciting to see new projects go from an application to a project on the ground.  We look forward to seeing these projects having impacts across the entire state.

Travel safe this summer and take time to stop and smell the wild flowers.

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


Notification About Grants & Document Submission to Grantees

Please be reminded that all grant documents for the 2014 awards need to be in our files before reimbursements can be processed. 

The 2014 Contract Budget you submit needs to total the amount remaining from the previous year plus the 2014 award.   That amount is in Paragraph C of your Agreement to Amend your first year contract.   

Also ensure you submit all five documents that are required:

- One signed copy of the Grant Contract

- Grantee Information Form

- Direct Deposit Information Form

- 2014 Contract Budget Summary (has to be signed)

- 2014 Public Information Plan

Please call Marilyn if you have any questions at 402-471-5541.


Omaha Bike-Share System Expands

Omaha B-cycle is Omaha’s large-scale bike sharing system with 57 B-cycles at 11 B-stations located in Downtown Omaha, Aksarben Village, and UNO.

Now in its fourth season, the bike sharing program B-Cycle recently continued its expansion in Omaha as it unveiled three new downtown stations.

The program launched on 2011 in Aksarben Village and University of Nebraska at Omaha, expanded downtown in 2013 and today.

Omaha Program Director Ben Turner said, "Bike Sharing provides a new active transportation option to move around our city. The system has experienced steady growth since it was launched. People took 1,089 rides in 2012. Last year that number doubled."



Users are able to check out a bike from B-Cycle stations for a fee and use it for a designated time before returning it to any station in the city. An access pass costs about $6 and includes one hour of riding. Each additional hour is $4. Memberships are also available for $30 monthly or $55 annually. Discounts are available for students and seniors.

The B-cycle program is made possible through private and corporate sponsorships, becoming self-sufficient through individual rides and memberships. The latest expansion was funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. With support, Turner expects the program to expand permanently. “A larger bike sharing system will provide an excellent solution to some of the transportation challenges found in our city.”

For more information, visit http://omaha.bcycle.com/


Upcoming Events

- May 16-17, 2014 (Friday/Saturday) - Thompson Creek Bio Blitz

- May 16-18, 2014 - Spring Into Spring Festival, Lauritzen Gardens

- June 7, 2014 - Waterfest, Holmes Lake

- July 17-18, 2014 - 3rd Quarter Board Meeting, Scottsbluff.


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