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January 2013

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director's Corner
  2. 2012 Annual Report is now available
  3. North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course (2013 NAIPSC)
  4. Rainwater Basin Informational Seminar
  5. Nebraska Master Naturalist Submission
  6. Upcoming Events
  7. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on YouTube


Executive Director Corner

Well the New Year has arrived and yes I have had to change many 12s into 13s on documents the last few weeks.  It usually takes me a few days to adjust, but this year it seems to be taking longer. 

The 2013 Legislative session is underway with 11 new members, including one returning Senator.  The returning Senator is Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers who returns after a four year absence.  Six are Republicans in the nonpartisan unicameral body; four are Democrats and one Independent (Senator Chambers).  The standing committees have been selected and chairmen elected to each as well as Senator Greg Adams from York being elected to be the new Speaker of the Legislature to replace Senator Mike Flood of Norfolk who was term limited out. 

Senator Tom Carlson was elected chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and will replace Senator Chris Langemeier of Schuyler who was term limited out.  Senator Carlson had been the chairman of the Agricultural Committee.  The first ten days of the session are open for bill introduction, so last bills were introduced on January 23rd.

Our 2012 annual report has been printed and is at the printer.  It will be coming out shortly.  I also wanted to remind everyone that 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 report may be viewed online on the Nebraska Legislature's website.  Here is a link directly to the report: 

Click Here for Report

I wish each and every one a joyful and prosperous New Year.

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


2012 Annual Report is now available

The Trust 2012 Annual Report is now available and is currently being mailed out. If you do not receive your copy or would like additional copies, please contact Sheila Johnson at: sheila.johnson@nebraska.gov or call, 402-471-1714. The Annual Report is also available on the web. Click the link below to be directed to the Annual Report.

2012 Annual Report




North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course ( 2013 NAIPSC) - submitted by Steve Young, Weed Ecologist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, West Central Research & Extension Center

The NAIPSC is an opportunity for land managers (public and private), landowners, policymakers, researchers, teachers, and graduate students to receive training in the basics of invasive plant ecology and management. The three-day course provides in-depth learning on the principles of integrated weed management, herbicide modes of action, plant identification, biological control, GPS and remote sensing applications, and spatial distribution analysis of invasive plant species populations. Also included will be instruction on the use of restoration practices designed specifically for managing invasive plant species.


The NAIPSC material reinforces proven methods and presents relevant hypotheses and practices related to invasive plant ecology and management. This approach will stimulate thoughtful discussion, provide problem-solving applications, and encourage retention of the main themes presented throughout the course. Participants with limited understanding of integrated control methodology, mapping and monitoring technology, restoration ecology, and plant taxonomy will learn the basic principles of invasive plant ecology and the latest techniques for managing infested areas.

The course combines hands on workshops, site visits and instructor-led discussion sessions to provide the most in-depth, comprehensive education on a variety of principles and topics related to invasive plant ecology and management.

Registration details:

This course is being held June 25-27, 2013 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln West Central Research and Extension Center (WCREC) in North Platte, NE. WCREC is ideally located in the west central region of Nebraska and is host to many of the same invasive plants species found throughout North America.

The registration fee is $650 per person and includes the NAIPSC course notebook, weed identification books (2) and interactive CD, biocontrol reference book, lunches, refreshment breaks, transportation to off-site locations, and a BBQ dinner at the historic Buffalo Bill State Park. Also, membership in the NAIPSC Online Community is included with registration in the NAIPSC Field Course. Registration is limited to 40 participants and is due by May 1, 2013. See website (http://ipscourse.unl.edu) for details.


Rainwater Basin Informational Seminar

You are invited to attend the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture's 18th Annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.  This annual event provides an opportunity for everyone who works with our natural resources to learn and share information about conservation issues.  The seminar creates a forum for landowners, farm operators, and agency staff to gain knowledge about topics of common interest. 

A variety of topics will be presented relating to the many facets of wetland and upland management, along with landowner perspectives, new innovations, and opportunities for success for everyone.  There will be multiple speakers during the morning and afternoon sessions.

The seminar will be held at the same location as in previous years, the Hastings Hotel and Convention Center at 2205 Osborne Drive East in Hastings.  Check in begins at 8:15, with the seminar starting at 9:15.  Please pre-register.

To register, please e-mail each attendee’s name, organization/agency, mailing address and e-mail address to shanda.spurgeon@ne.usda.gov no later than Wednesday, January 23, 2013, so we can ensure adequate facilities and meal countsIf you prefer to register by mail, please send the above information to Shanda Spurgeon at NRCS, 2727 W. 2nd, Suite 102, Hastings, NE 68901-4663.  You may also fax your registration to 402-462-6771 attn. Shanda or telephone at 402-463-6771 ext. 112.  Registration fee for the workshop is $25.00 per person.  The registration fee, which will be collected at the registration table, includes break refreshments and lunch.  Landowners and farm operators are invited to attend free of charge so please pass this on to your field contacts.

If you know of others who might be interested in attending, please feel free to pass on this invitation to them.  This year’s schedule will be posted soon on our website, www.rwbjv.org.  We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar on Wednesday, February 6th.

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Nebraska Master Naturalist Submission

2013 Certification Trainings

The Nebraska Master Naturalist 2013 dates are open and interviews are being scheduled now! Registration is $250, and scholarship information will be coming soon. At some locations room and board options are available so please inquire. Please contact Matt at 308-382-1820 or MasterNaturalistTrainings@gmail.com to reserve your space.

Spring Training
March 16—May 4 (Saturdays Only)
Fontenelle Forest near Omaha
June Training
June 16—June 22
Niobrara Valley Preserve near Ainsworth
July Training
July 14—July 20
Pioneers Park & Spring Creek near Lincoln
August Training
August 10—August 16
Fort Robinson near Chadron
September Training
September 8—September 14
Niobrara Valley Preserve near Ainsworth 

Request A Master Naturalist

140 Certified Master Naturalist volunteers are waiting to hear from you. Request a volunteer here! Master Naturalist volunteers are leaders in their communities, teachers, students, parents, retirees, and conservation professionals. Our partnership of 34 natural resource agencies and organizations trains and rewards adults volunteering in natural resource conservation, environmental education, habitat management, citizen science, and outdoor recreation in Nebraska.

In The Spotlight

Click HERE to check out our Program Members and Certified Master Naturalists in the spotlight this month.

Upcoming Events for Master Naturalist

Feb 16 Master Naturalist Outdoor Skills Workshop at Hardin Hall in Lincoln
March 9 Master Naturalist Workshop at Allwine Prairie in Omaha
March 16 Master Naturalist Training in Omaha - Apply NOW
April 3-7 National Association for Interpretation Region V and Master Naturalist Spring Workshop in Aurora
May 11 Master Naturalist Special Event....details coming soon!
June 16-22 Master Naturalist Training near Ainsworth - Apply NOW
July 14-20 Master Naturalist Training in Lincoln - Apply NOW
August 10-16 Master Naturalist Training near Chadron - Apply NOW
Sept 8-14 Master Naturalist Training near Ainsworth - Apply NOW


Upcoming Events

- February 6, 2013 (Wednesday) - Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar, Hastings Hotel and Convention Center.

Please note change of meeting date:
- February 12, 2013 (Tuesday) - 1st Quarter Board Meeting, Ferguson House, Lincoln, NE. Time: 1:30pm

- March 21-24, 2013 - Rivers and Wildlife Celebration: Nebraska's Crane Festival, Holiday Inn Kearney, NE.

- April 20, 2013 (Saturday) - 2013 Earth Day Omaha, Elmwood Park, Omaha, NE.

- April 21, 2013 (Sunday) - Lincoln Earth Day, Antelope Park, Lincoln NE.


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