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Dave Heineman, Governor

Board of Trustees

District I
District II
District III

Agency Directors

Trust Staff

November 2010

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director Corner
  2. Nebraska Master Naturalist Program
  3. Experience the Splendor of Christmas at the Ferguson House
  4. Upcoming Events


Executive Director Corner

Where did our Indian Summer go?  The holiday season is upon us and before you know it, 2011 will be here.  We have received some much needed moisture in the form of rain and snow, but for the most part it was a dry fall. 

Our new Grants Administrator, Marilyn Tabor, has been on the job a couple of weeks and has done a yeomen’s job.  Now “yeomen” is a word you don’t hear very often.  It refers to work performed or rendered in a loyal, valiant, useful, or workmanlike manner, especially work requiring a great deal of effort or labor.  At any rate, we are happy to have Marilyn aboard.

The Huskers are still fighting for the Big 12 North title with a potential to meet up with Oklahoma State again, but the Big 12 South is very volatile this season.  The volleyball team remains highly rated and appear to be headed to the big dance.  I hope your hometown teams did well in volleyball and football as they head into basketball and wrestling.

We are very busy reviewing the 110 new grant applications.  The Grants Committee has met once and will meet at least four more times before the February 3rd full board meeting.  Some of the new projects are very interesting and the potential is enormous. 

Safe travels to all of you over the upcoming holiday seasons.  

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


Nebraska Master Naturalist Program

(submitted by Annabel Major, Program Coordinator - Nebraska Master Naturalist)

The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program which was funded by the Trust in 2009 gives people a chance to learn about Nebraska’s diverse ecosystems and to connect with others who share a passion for nature and conservation.

Over the past year, this natural resource conservation education and volunteer certification has successfully partnered with over 17 local, statewide, and national organizations to bring the Nebraska Master Naturalist Certification training to Nebraskans. Partners volunteer their time and expertise, providing participants with in the field experiences alongside Nebraska’s most experienced natural resource professionals, and in the classroom programming to enhance these experiences.


Master Naturalists seining a pond at Schramm Park State Recreation Area, with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fisheries biologist Mark Porath.

In the summer of 2010, thirty-one participants graduated from the inaugural class as Nebraska Master Naturalist Certified Volunteers, completing more than 64 hours of intensive training. These participants have already begun the on the ground work of conserving Nebraska's natural resources and providing volunteer service to programs statewide. Participants continue their involvement through regular volunteering, monthly meetings and continuing education. To quote our participants, “I hope this program grows and grows! I am fired up to learn more!”

Through an educated citizenry that supports Nebraska’s natural resources through habitat conservation, environmental education, citizen science, and outdoor recreation, this program is becoming an integral part of the conservation community. With the Nebraska Master Naturalist Program and Certified Master Naturalists, the opportunities are endless.



Experience the Splendor of Christmas at the Ferguson House


The Ferguson House, located at 700 South 16th

Date: December 12, 2010 (Sunday) - Free Admission

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00pm

Built between 1909 and 1911, the Ferguson House is a treasure of Nebraska's past and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built by William Henry Ferguson in downtown Lincoln, across from the Nebraska State Capitol. The house was built and decorated in Georgian Revival style, very elegant with clean lines in contrast to the heavily decorated Victorian style.

The State of Nebraska became the owner of the house in 1961, though Mrs Ferguson resided there until her death in 1972 at the age of 103. Today, the Ferguson House is managed by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and can be rented for meetings and events. Those interested in a tour of the Ferguson House are more than welcome to join us on December 12, 2010 at the Ferguson House. You may also visit the Historic Kennard House next door which will also be open.


Upcoming Events

- December 12, 2010 (Sunday) - Christmas Open House at the Ferguson House, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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