City of Lincoln
2004 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that state and federal grants are allowing the City to purchase about 61.2 acres of land containing nearly 40 acres of eastern saline wetlands. The property purchased is east of 27th Street and Little Salt Creek and south of Interstate 80. It was purchased for $204,700, including $51,175 from Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) grant funds and $153,525 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife funds provided through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
"The Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2002 identifies the protection of these environmental resources," said Mayor Seng. "We are fortunate to have the cooperation of organizations which provide assistance and funding for the conservation of these areas for future generations."
The eastern saline wetlands are an endangered natural community located only in Lancaster County and southern Saunders County. In 2003, the Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership was formed after the City of Lincoln received a 2002 NET grant of $750,000 over three years for the acquisition of property to preserve and protect the most imperiled natural community in Nebraska.
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.