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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.

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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.

Recent Updates:

  • Come out and visit the saline wetlands. Winter is a great time to view birds and other wildlife.
    During these winter months the best time to visit is in the late morning or early afternoon while temperatures are mild.Look for animal tracks in the snow and signs of feeding.
    As a reminder, snow removal is limited in the saline wetland nature areas.
  • Learn about the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. More info

Funding provided in part by:

Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership

Nebraska‘s Eastern Saline Wetlands projects in progress

The Upper Little Salt Creek Saline Wetlands Plan
  • Initiated in 2013 and scheduled for completion in winter of 2015-2016
  • 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
Biogeochemical controls on saline wetland plant establishment in Nebraska’s Eastern Saline Wetlands
  • Research project conducted by UNL at the Arbor Lake Complex. Project began in 2013 and Final Report is expected in March 2016
  • The research will assist with the comprehensive strategies of the Implementation Plan for the Conservation of Nebraska’s Eastern Saline Wetlands (2003) identifying salinity interactions to guide protection and future restoration efforts
Marsh Wren Saline Wetland Restoration Project
  • Conceptual Design and 95 percent Final Design completed
  • Wetland restoration construction to begin in 2016