Nebraska Cattlemen receives grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

Nebraska Cattlemen announced recently that it will receive $150,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Wildlife Habitat Improvement Through Prescribed Grazing: A Private/Public Partnership” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its recent meeting in Lincoln. This is the first year of the award with a potential for second year funding totaling $50,000. The project is one of the 105 projects receiving $18,301,819 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 66 were new applications and 39 are carry-over projects.

The objective of this project is to improve wildlife habitat on private and public lands by installing fencing and watering facilities to allow for prescribed grazing management. The environmental outputs will be improved lake, stream, wetland and prairie habitat on 5,895 acres and improved water quality by encouraging best management practices on surrounding lakes, streams and wetland areas. Partners in this project include private landowners, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Nebraska Cattlemen.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $289 million in grants to over 2,000 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses—can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.