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

September 2010

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director Corner
  2. Trust Announces 2011 Grant Applications
  3. 3rd Quarter Public Information and Education Mini-Grants Received
  4. Upcoming Events


Executive Director Corner

Fall has arrived and with the changing seasons, we are seeing change at the Trust.  Lisa Beethe our long-time Grants Administrator has left and we are interviewing candidates for this position.  Lisa had been with the Trust for almost 12 years and her institutional knowledge and experience will be greatly missed.  I will especially miss her eye for details.

Sheila and I enjoyed several days working at our booth at the State Fair and thee days at Husker Harvest Days.  I spent two days at Ponca State Park at the Ponca Outdoor Expo and Lori and Sheila spent a day at Wehrspann Lake working at the World O' Water Festival.  Ponca and Wehrspann were especially gratifying because we were able to interact with kids.  At all four events we were able to hand out our annual report and other materials, as well as visit with people about what the Trust is and what we do.  Many people thanked us for the work the Trust does and this reminds us all of the great things we can do when we work together and how fortunate we are to have the Nebraska Lottery funds for environmental projects.

Chris Thody invited me to be interviewed on her monthly radio show on the local station KZUM.  It was a good chance to let their audience know about the Trust and some of the projects we have funded.  It has been a few years since I was on live radio and I had forgotten how nerve wracking it can be. 

We received 110 new grant applications and now the fun begins.  We will be sending applications out to be reviewed by our technical reviewers and then the Grants Committee will begin the tremendous task of reviewing every one of those 110 grants.  The good news is that we had a record quarter of revenue from the Nebraska Lottery this summer and hope to have the largest ever pool of funds to award this grant cycle.

Football and volleyball seasons are underway and most Nebraskans are Husker fans and it appears we have quality teams in both sports.  I hope your hometown teams are doing well in sports and you are able to get out and support them.

For those of you in the fields, have a safe harvest and wishing you improved commodity prices.  

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


Trust Announces 2011 Grant Applications

The Nebraska Environmental Trust entered the 2011 grant cycle on September 7, 2010 receiving 110 new applications and 33 carry-over projects, requesting a total of $54,175,239. This is the second highest amount requested in the history of the Trust. The highest amount of $58,935,806.20 was requested in 1999.

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 will be available soon on the Trust’s web site www.environmentaltrust.org. Comments on the grant applications will be accepted until April 5, 2011 at the Nebraska Environmental Trust, 700 S 16th Street, PO Box 94913, Lincoln, NE 68509-4913 or via e-mail to mark.brohman@nebraska.gov


3rd Quarter 2010 Public Information and Education Minigrants received by the Nebraska Academy of Sciences

The Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Inc. received 7 applications totaling $19,109 for the third quarter 2010 Public Information and Education Mini-grants funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust.  Grant applications were submitted by:

Central Platte Natural Resources District - Husker Harvest Days Native Grassland Awareness Project; Nebraska Rural Living - Chicken Dance Trail Habitat Management on Medicine Creek Adventure; The Crane Trust - Joint Meeting of the North American Crane Working Group and The Waterbird Society; WasteCap Nebraska - Nebraska Product Stewardship Videos and Webinar; Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo - Butterfly Conservation Education Workshops; Friends of Heron Haven - Support for a Wetland Festival; and  Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society - Healthy Farms/Rural Advantage Conference.
Applications were reviewed at the PIE review meeting on August 3rd, 2010.  Final approval of five grants was discussed at the NAS Executive Committee meeting on August 28th and following confirmation by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, grant recipients were notified in early September.  A total of $13,609 was awarded for the third quarter of 2010.

Grants were awarded to Central Platte Natural Resources District - Husker Harvest Days Native Grassland Awareness Project - $2700; WasteCap Nebraska - Nebraska Product Stewardship Videos and Webinar - $2884; Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo - Butterfly Conservation Education Workshops - $3000; Friends of Heron Haven - Support for a Wetland Festival - $2025; and  Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society - Healthy Farms/Rural Advantage Conference - $3000.

Application deadline for 2010 fourth quarter applications is Friday, October 8th, 2010.  Due to a gap in grant funding there will not be any grants awarded in the first quarter of 2011.  The second quarter 2011 grant deadline is tentatively scheduled for April 8th, 2011.  Grant forms and information can be found on our website, www.neacadsci.org.  Click on Information and then click on PIE Grants. 


Upcoming Events

- September 25, 2010 (Saturday) - Nebraska Nature Center Open House, Alda, 10:00am - 2:00pm

- November 9, 2010 (Tuesday) - 4th Quarter Board Meeting, Ferguson House, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

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

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