Mayor Coleen J. Seng today dedicated the Frank Shoemaker Marsh, a diverse 160-acre habitat in north Lincoln containing saline wetlands and woodland and grassland areas. Officials from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and other partners of the Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership also participated in the dedication of the marsh north of Interstate 80 along North 27th Street. “The history of Lincoln and Salt Creek is also the story of eastern Nebraska’s salt marshes,” said Mayor Seng. “The City is fortunate to have project partners who recognize the importance of these areas and are working together to conserve them for future generations. This marsh provides a habitat for all types of wildlife as well as the endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle and Saltwort plant. Saline wetlands are one of the most imperiled natural communities in Nebraska and we must make every effort to preserve them.” Mayor Seng said the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan adopted last year includes the protection of environmental resources and open space such as the Frank Shoemaker Marsh. The Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership was formed in 2003 as a result of a 2002 grant received by the City of Lincoln from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET). The grant provided $750,000 over three years for the acquisition of property to preserve and protect the eastern saline wetlands. The Frank Shoemaker Marsh was purchased for $472,000 with $250,000 from NET grant funds and $222,000 from the 2001 State Wildlife Funds from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Full partners of the Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership include the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, The Nature Conservancy and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Other partners include private landowners, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, the Wachiska Audubon Society, the Nebraska Sierra Club, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, Pheasants Forever, the Conservation Alliance of the Great Plains and the Nebraska Wildlife Federation.