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2013.09.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

UNO Dedicates New Research Building at Glacier Creek Preserve

Omaha - On Thursday, Sept. 12, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and University of Nebraska Foundation celebrated the opening of a new research facility at Nebraska’s Glacier Creek Preserve.

The new research facility, a retrofitted 19th-century barn, is home to classroom and research space for students from the UNO Department of Biology and area K-12 students.

Yesterday’s dedication included remarks from David Boocker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; UNO Chancellor John Christensen; Tom Bragg, UNO professor of biology and director of the Glacier Creek preserve; and Mark Brohman, executive director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

The dedication also features a dance performance from UNO student Alyc-Gabrielle Beasley and a reading from John Price, professor of English at UNO.

The barn was moved from 180th and Ida Streets to its new home at 148th and State Streets in early 2012 after being donated by Barbi Hayes, whose great-grandfather built barn in the 1870s. Hayes was also instrumental in funding the refurbishing of the barn into a state-of-the-art research center.

The research that will be conducted at Glacier Creek includes plant and animal surveys; the effects of burning and mowing on plant communities like insects and small mammals; physiological and feeding behavior of certain bird species; and the effects of restoration on soil.

The Glacier Creek Preserve is a 320-acre space dominated by restored tallgrass prairie, stream woodlands and seep habitats. The space is a collection of three previously distinct land tracts: The Allwine Prarie Preserve, a 160 acre tract donated to UNO by Arthur and Anoinette Allwine in 1959; the Papio tract, an 83 acre tract donated in 2010; and the North Viewshed tract, a 76 acre tract purchased in 2013 with the help of Barbi Hayes, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.

For more information on Thursday’s dedication or to tour the Glacier Creek Preserve, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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