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Dave Heineman, Governor

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September 2013

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director's Corner
  2. Trust Invites Comments on 2014 Grant Applications
  3. Nebraska Biodiversity Exhibit
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on YouTube


Executive Director's Corner

Things are finally slowing down just a bit after a flurry of activity surrounding the September 3rd grant deadline.  We had 125 applications, which is a record and the total request including the second and third year carryover projects is just over $60M.  Applicants set up meetings, sent many e-mails and placed calls to the Trust leading up to the deadline as they finalized their applications.  Now applications are being sent to the technical reviewers for their consideration and later the Grants Committee will begin meeting and starting the scoring process.  

Recently I was able to visit with a lot of Nebraskans at the Nebraska State Fair, Husker Harvest Days and the World of Water Festival in Omaha.  This weekend I’ll spend two days at Ponca State Park speaking to folks attending the Outdoor Expo.  I have appreciated all of the favorable comments I have received about the projects the Trust has funded across the state. 

Have a safe fall. 

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


Nebraska Environmental Trust Invites Comments on 2014 Grant Applications

The Nebraska Environmental Trust entered the 2014 grant cycle on September 3, 2013 receiving 125 new applications and 76 carry-over projects requesting a total of $60,008,850 in grants. Last year the Trust received 109 new applications and 47 carry-over projects. The Trust has completed 20 grant cycles and will announce the preliminary results of the 21st round of award recommendations in February 2014, with the final awards being made in April.

As part of the grant application process, the Trust invites members of the public to review the proposed grants and provide written comments about the projects. A summary of each proposal is available on the Trust’s web site www.environmentaltrust.org. Comments on the grant applications will be accepted until April 2, 2014 at the Nebraska Environmental Trust, 700 S 16th Street, PO Box 94913, Lincoln, NE 68509-4913 or via e-mail to marilyn.tabor@nebraska.gov.

For those interested, here are the links:

2014 List of Applicants

2014 Applications Summary Booklet


Nebraska Biodiversity Exhibit

Join the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project in celebrating Nebraska’s biodiversity with the “Nebraska Biodiversity Exhibit,” created with funds from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. This interactive exhibit is designed to educate Nebraskans about the state’s vast biodviersity. The exhibit includes a 30-foot photographic mural featuring 102 different Nebraska species including insects, arachnids, fish, mammals, birds, plants, and arthropods. In addition to the photographic mural, there are a series of interactive components including skulls & pelts of Nebraska mammals, bird calls & songs, insects & microscopes. Additionally, exhibit participants have a chance to compare their “wingspan” to those of several Nebraska birds, and match their height to numerous native Nebraska plants. A reading area containging children’s nature-related literature books is also a chance for children and adults to connect with nature. The exhibit is currently displayed at the Lincoln Children’s Museum until November 17, 2013.




Upcoming Events

- September 20, 2013 (Friday), 2:30pm - Additional Board Meeting, Ferguson House, Lincoln NE. For Agenda, click here.

- September 21-22, 2013 - Ponca Outdoor Expo, Ponca State Park

- November 4, 2013 (Monday), 1:30pm - 4th Quarter Board Meeting, Ferguson House, Lincoln NE.

- December 8, 2013 (Sunday), 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Christmas Open House, Ferguson House, Lincoln NE.


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