Five Generations of Stewardship Lead to Permanent Conservation of Historic Family Ranch

In the summer of 2012, much of Nebraska’s ponderosa pine forest was ablaze.  From the central Niobrara Valley to the western reaches of the Pine Ridge, historic drought, heat and wind created perfect conditions for the most destructive wildfire season in Nebraska’s recorded history.  Read the full story

NLT Recognized as a Leading Agricultural Land Trust with Invitation to Join PORT

In December, the Nebraska Land Trust (NLT) was invited to become a member of the Partnership of Rangeland Trusts (PORT), which is relatively small in numbers but very large in impact.  PORT is an alliance of eight agricultural-focused western land trusts dedicated to preserving America’s working farms and ranches.  One thing that distinguishes PORT members is their close and strong affiliations with their state livestock associations.  The Nebraska Cattlemen and Sandhills Cattle Association both serve on the NLT Board of Directors. Read the full story

Nebraska Land Trust Earns National Recognition for Excellence

One thing that unites us as a nation is land:  Americans strongly support saving the wide-open spaces that we love.  Since 2001, the Nebraska Land Trust (NLT) has been doing just that in places Nebraskans love, like the Pine Ridge, Niobrara River and lower Platte River Valley.  In February, the NLT was approved for renewal of its national land trust accreditation – proving once again that it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public trust in its conservation work.  Read the full story

2018 Impact Report

The Nebraska Land Trust welcomes five families with roots in six counties totaling over 11,000 acres.  Some may be hundreds of miles apart and in different landscapes, but they all share similar views.  Their land is a part of their history and a part of who they are.

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Baumanns Donate 240-Acre Conservation Easement On The North Side of Lake McConaughy

When Loy and Jean Baumann received a unanimous vote of approval from Keith County, for their 240-acre conservation easement on the north side of Lake McConaughy, Loy naturally thanked the Commissioners for their support.  Read the full story

Give To Lincoln Day 2018

Give To Lincoln Day is here and the opportunity for giving is even greater! Join us this May in making a BIG impact by having your donation matched proportionally to a $400,000 challenge match fund!

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Public Notice: NLT Seeking Accreditation Renewal

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Nebraska Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open. Read the full story

2016 Annual Report

Mary Lou Chapek protects Turkey Creek Preserve, a part of her conservation vision, through a donated conservation easement.  Northern Cheyenne completes Monument on land protected by a conservation easement.  The Nebraska Land Trust supports the Monument project by helping to raise funds from many generous individuals and foundations.  The Nebraska Land Trust initiates community conservation to engage local people in land protection along the Lower Platte Valley.

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A place to heal and remember: Northern Cheyenne Monument is dedicated on protected land in Pine Ridge

When you plan a mid-July event outdoors in Nebraska’s Pine Ridge, you prepare for the worst and hope for the best. So a large tent was erected to shelter attendees from blazing sun or heavy rain at the dedication of a Monument to the Cheyenne Breakout of 1879. However, Mother Nature was kind the morning of July 15, 2016, providing a cloudy sky and a cool breeze that had some people reaching for coats including Dave Sands, the Nebraska Land Trust’s (NLT) executive director who had served on the Monument Committee to help raise $150,000 for its completion. Read the full story

NET’s “Nebraska Stories”: Sowbelly Canyon

NET Television’s series “Nebraska Stories” showcases the restoration of Sowbelly Canyon, which was recently protected by Jim and Chris Voeller through a Nebraska Land Trust conservation easement. The once pine-covered property has experienced some destructive natural events through the years by hot crown fires and flash floods. Restoration efforts by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and dedicated landowners are bringing back its beauty. Read the full story