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December 2012

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director's Corner
  2. Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory - A Partnership with the Trust
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on YouTube


Executive Director Corner

I want to wish each and every one of you a happy holiday season.  In the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, I hope you find comfort in family and friends in the coming weeks.  Never take life for granted.  Do something kind this holiday season.  Ronald Reagan said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Our 2012 annual report will be coming out shortly after the first of the year and you can see all the great things the Trust was able to accomplish with our grantees and partners.  The 2013 legislative session will begin on January 9th.  The Natural Resources Committee has published their water report as per the LB229 and LR314 guidelines.  That report lays out many of the water issues that have been talked about the last few sessions, including potential legislation and funding. 

As required under 81-15,175(4), Neb. Rev. Stat., the Natural Resources Committee submitted a report titled "LB 229 Report" to the Clerk of the Legislature and the Governor of Nebraska.  The attached report may also be viewed online on the Nebraska Legislature's website.  Here is a link directly to the report: 

Click Here for Report

We had about 150 guests stop by the Ferguson House during our Holiday Open House on Sunday December 9th.  It was nice to share our historic building with the public and expose new people to the Trust and our mission.

Happy holidays to you and your families and safe travels.

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory - A Partnership with the Trust

The Nebraska Prairie Partners, a partnership between Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, has been successful at conserving grassland and cropland birds in western Nebraska for 10 years. With support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the program has focused on conservation-based outreach and education in schools and with private landowners. Since 2002, the Trust has funded 21 projects totaling $1.6 million to RMBO and its partners, targeting Tier 1 at-risk bird species, identified in Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project. Additionally, matching funds exceeding $500,000 from over 10 partners have supported conservation efforts.


Mountain Plover chicks and egg

Trust funds have supported habitat-based conservation throughout the panhandle. RMBO has:

  • Developed an innovative Mountain Plover nest-marking program, protecting 663 nests on 200,000 acres of private lands involving 78 landowners,
  • Built 25 nest platforms for Ferruginous Hawks,
  • Installed 1,500 stock tank ladders to prevent wildlife drowning,
  • Held bi-annual landowner workshops,
  • Educated 4,500 students and adults at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center Bird Banding Station,
  • Conducted fall and spring school programs that reach 3,200 students annually, and
  • Distributed 9,000 Pocket Guides to Birds of Nebraska

Fostering long-term relationships with private landowners and the local community is an important goal for Nebraska Prairie Partners, and essential for bird habitat conservation. It is also important to inspire young Nebraskans to care about birds and their habitats. After visiting the bird banding station, one teacher responded: “It was a great opportunity for the students to learn how to appreciate birds and the role they play in our world.”


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Trust Staff!!


Upcoming Events

Please note change of meeting date below:

- February 12, 2013 (Tuesday) - 1st Quarter Board Meeting, Ferguson House, Lincoln NE. Time: 1:30pm

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