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Eastern Saline Wetlands

Eastern Saline Wetlands were once estimated to be in excess of 20,000 acres. Now less than 4,000 acres remain and many of these are degraded. These wetlands form a regionally unique wetlands complex located in floodplain swales and depressions within the Salt Creek, Little Salt Creek, and Rock Creek drainages in Lancaster and southern Saunders counties in Nebraska.

In 2003, a group of state and local agencies joined forces to establish the Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership which has established an implementation plan to address the preservation of this special land and the needs of the community. There must be cooperation between landowners, conservation interest and governmental agencies in order to continue to sustain the saline wetlands in Nebraska.

Visit the Wetlands

The saline wetland areas are open to the public. Learn more about each wetland area by selecting the links to the right.

Come out and visit the saline wetlands. Fall and winter are great times to view birds and other wildlife. During these colder months the best time to visit is in the late morning or early afternoon while temperatures are mild. Look for animal tracks and signs of feeding. As a reminder, snow removal is limited in the saline wetland nature areas.

One of the best known functions of wetlands is to provide a habitat for birds. Wetlands are important bird habitats, and birds use them for breeding, nesting, and rearing young. Birds also use wetlands as a source of drinking water and for feeding, resting, shelter, and social interactions. A favorite activity for these areas is “Bird Watching.” Migrating birds and Shorebirds will stop at saline wetlands in Lancaster County during April and May to rest and eat before heading north to nest and raise their young. Learn more about important bird areas and view the Bird Survey Data.

Come out and visit the saline wetlands.


Frank Shoemaker Marsh Saline Wetland Totality Video: August 21, 2017


Nebraska‘s Eastern Saline Wetlands projects in progress

Projects Updates:

    Nebraska's Eastern Saline Wetlands - Recorded bird species Updated fall 2017
    • This is periodically updated by Joel Jorgensen of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
    The Upper Little Salt Creek Saline Wetlands Plan
    • Completed December 2015 Executive Summary
    • Identifies land management, rehabilitation and conservation goals for planning area
    • Field level and spatial data were collected to evaluate existing conditions of saline wetlands
    • Prior saline wetland rehabilitation projects were evaluated to determine successful applications and potential improvements
    • The plan provides Partnership a basis for future planning and project development
    Updating Implementation Plan for the Conservation of Nebraska’s Eastern Saline Wetlands
    • Expected completion 2018.
    New publication to replace the Nebraska Salt Marshes: Last of the Least
    • Expected completion 2018.
    Frank Shoemaker Marsh - North 27th Street Road Construction
    • The project includes the installation of new pipe culverts, a concrete box culvert extension and grading of the roadway to current state design standards. The Arbor Lake conservation area at N. 27th St and Arbor Rd. will remain open.
    • Road construction is nearing completion. It is anticipated that it will be open to the public by November 2017.
    Marsh Wren Saline Wetland Restoration Project
    • Wetland restoration construction is complete. The site is open to the public.
    • Marsh Wren - post construction east saline water distribution terrace and overlook from Flatwater Group:
    Updated reports

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