Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


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Issued By Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, City of Lincoln and County of Lancaster, Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, The Nature Conservancy 1-15 (2003)


Nebraska’s Eastern Saline Wetlands are the most limited and endangered wetland type and vegetation community in the State and are considered critically imperiled in Nebraska. These wetlands provide habitat for a variety of native plant and animal species that depend on a saline environment, including two endangered species.

Because of their location in and around the city of Lincoln, saline wetlands are ideally located to provide recreational opportunities and flood protection. Past impacts have resulted in the degradation of nearly 90% of the saline wetlands and those remaining face continued threats.

Although several programs are in existence to address saline wetland conservation, they alone have not been able to ensure the long-term protection of this resource. This plan seeks a partnership approach to address the conservation of saline wetlands and the needs of the community. Its implementation will need cooperation among federal, state, and local agencies strengthened by the business knowledge of private enterprise, the energy and imagination of local conservation interests, and participation by private landowners to create pro-active programs, incentives, and strategies.