A Monthly Publication of the Nebraska Environmental Trust

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Dave Heineman, Governor

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June 2010

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director Corner
  2. New Grant Forms Available
  3. The Chicken Dance Trail
  4. Environmental Trust Awards Grant to CSC Facility for Rangeland Agriculture Center and Pavillion
  5. Staff Member Feature - Mark Brohman, Executive Director
  6. Upcoming Events

 

Executive Director Corner

Summer is just around the corner.  In Nebraska you don’t hear folks complain about too much water very often, but there are some communities that have seen plenty of water lately.  Let’s hope the drier parts of the State get timely rains and those with too much rain get a reprieve. The Trust continues to participate in community events.  We participated in Waterfest in Lincoln at Holmes Lake on June 12th and Cleaner-Greener Lincoln in downtown Lincoln on June 18th and 19th.

 The Trust’s Ad-Hoc Land Acquisition Committee met on June 7th and we will meet again on June 25th at the Ferguson House in Lincoln to discuss land acquisition and easement issues along with land tax concerns.  The Trust Board will meet in Kearney on July 29th and 30th.

Enjoy the summer!  

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director

 

New Grant Application Forms Available

New grant application forms are now availabe on the Trust website for both General Grants and Recognition Grants. You may visit:

http://environmentaltrust.org/grants/application_forms.html

Printed versions may also be obtained from the Trust at the end of the month. Grantees are reminded that the deadline for grant submission this year is Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

 

The Chicken Dance Trail

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(Sign is located at the Funk Lagoon Waterfowl Protection Agency)

Nebraskans and wildlife tourists are generally unaware and uninformed about opportunities to see wildlife on public land in south central and southwest Nebraska.  The Chicken Dance Trail website is designed to inform and educate them about the rich opportunities to view wildlife in the Rainwater Basins, Republican River Valley, Medicine Creek, Loess canyons and Sand-sage prairie ecosystems of south-central and southwest Nebraska. Trail maps and information about hostelries, restaurants and things to do in the region may be accessed on The Chicken Dance Trail web-based site at:

www.chickendancetrail.com

A Nebraska Enviromental Trust grant helped push the project forward.  By providing funds to the South Platte United Chambers of Commerce, sponsor of the project, signs were installed along the Trail, giving information about the benefits of conservation, habitat restoration and wildlife management.  Rack cards were produced to be distributed along Interstate-80 kiosks to inform travelers of the wildlife viewing and bird watching opportunities in the area.  The grant helped pay for a system to measure outcomes of visitors to the area.  Visitors from outside a 100-mile radius can print out a coupon from the website and retrieve a crane pin designed by Cambridge artist, Gary Ginther.

Visitors to the Chicken Dance Trail website have increased from 700 a month to over 11,000.  The coupon redemption information tells us that wildlife viewers are visiting the area, and they come from all over the United States.  We hope the signs and information available now will inform nature enthusiasts about the wildlife native to the eco-systems as well as resource management practices that need to be implemented to ensure protection of these ecosystems. (Article submitted by Nancy Herhahn)

 

Environmental Trust Awards Grant to CSC Facility for Rrangeland Agriculture Center and Pavillion

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Chadron State College has received a $74,500 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to make its future Rangeland Agriculture Center & Pavilion environmentally friendly.

Dale Grant, CSC vice president for administration, said the money from the Trust will be used to help fund construction documents for the building. The grant will help the building earn certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s national program of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, more commonly referred to as LEED.

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.

“It is the college’s goal that students not only learn about environmentally friendly practices in this building, but that the building itself serves as a prime example of sound environmental stewardship,” Grant said.

LEED-certified buildings, according the council, have lower operating costs and increased asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, provide a safer environment for occupants, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consequently qualify for financial incentives. The certification also demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

The Rangeland Center is a component of Vision 2011, the $11 million fund-raising campaign by the Chadron State Foundation that will boost CSC’s capital, endowment and annual fund. The facility, with an estimated cost of $5.5 million, is envisioned to be a key component in the growth of CSC’s programs for rangeland and agriculture studies. The campaign is scheduled to conclude in the fall of 2011, the year of the college’s centennial.

 

Staff Member Feature - Mark Brohman, Executive Director

Mark Brohman

Mark Brohman joined the Trust in November 2006. Prior to joining the Trust, he was employed with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission since 1993 and served as Administrator of the Commission's Administrative Division in his last position.

He has also served as a legislative aid for Senator Rod Johnson, Chairman of the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee and worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads as a wetlands biologist. Brohman was born in McCook, grew up on a ranch near Callaway, Nebraska and went on to graduate from Chadron State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics in 1985.

He also graduated with a Juris Doctor with special emphasis in natural resources law in 1990 from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He received his Master of Science in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife with an Entomology minor in 1991 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Brohman resides in Lincoln with his wife, Anessa and daugther, Miranda.

 

Upcoming Events    

-June 18-19, 2010 - Cleaner Greener Lincoln

-June 25, 2010 - Ad-Hoc Land Acquisition Committee Meeting

-July 29-30, 2010 - NET 3rd Quarter Board Meeting

-August 27-September 6, 2010 - Nebraska State Fair

-September 14-16, 2010 - Husker Harvest Days

-September 18-19, 2010 - Missouri River Outdoor Expo

-September 19, 2010 - World O! Water Festival

 

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