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

Conservationist’s vision protected forever north of Omaha

It was a glorious October day in 2016 when a team from the Nebraska Land Trust (NLT) descended on Mary Lou Chapek’s land in Washington County.  The warm weather was complimented by the warm colors of autumn as shades of red, orange and yellow seemed to glow beneath a deep blue sky.  Oak/hickory woodlands blanketed the steep hills flanking the Missouri Valley, while marshes, lakes and creeks occupied the valley floor.  Read the full story

2016 Appeal

A few weeks ago on election night, I was nowhere near a newscast or voting booth (I voted early). Instead, I was in the Pine Ridge on a 2,400-acre ranch east of Chadron. At the family’s invitation, I had been there to view elk on three previous occasions, but not one had indulged my desire to see them. This time, I had reason for high hopes. An hour before sunset I had climbed into a new viewing blind with the ranching couple who love these elk and are hoping to permanently preserve their habitat through a conservation easement with the Nebraska Land Trust (NLT).

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Forest stand improvement gives oak trees a fighting chance

After the Nebraska Land Trust (NLT) completed the Kennedy conservation easement in 2013, a conversation began around the management of their woodland.  The protected property lies along the lower Platte Valley, an area known for its oak-hickory woodland bluffs.  However, the “oak” in “oak-hickory” is under considerable pressure to keep its name in the title. Read the full story