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Overall Benefits of Glacier Creek Project to the Region:

  • Maintains ecological sustainability of a diverse, regional resource representing our natural prairie heritage that also maintains viable habitat for native plants, animals and other biota.
  • Complements regional habitat diversity provided by Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods by focusing on prairie and wetland and stream habitats in an area where these habitats are rapidly being lost as development expands
  • Provides a significant resource to support regional teaching at all educational levels, with a focus on our environment and about current environmental issues.
  • Creates a large, continuous green space that adds to the quality of life in the expanding Omaha-area
  • Provides a model for preserving environmental resources within an expanding metropolitan environment
  • Generally, benefits water quality and flood control by reducing runoff and retaining water on-site during high rainfall events

Benefits of Glacier Creek Project Land Expansion:

  • At over 240 ha (600 acres), the preserve would be large enough to (1) support multiple populations of species ensuring their ecological sustainability into the future and (2) support a diversity of inter-related habitats, including many no longer present, while maintaining the natural dynamics and integrity of our historic tallgrass prairie heritage.
  • Securing the entire watershed ensures a prairie view-shed without the visible presence of adjacent developments so that visitors can see a prairie landscape much like that seen by those first traveling through the region.
  • Managing an entire watershed, the Glacier Creek Preserve would avoid adverse effects of runoff from adjacent developments onto the preserve, runoff that could contain chemicals, silt, and debris that could adversely affect the plants and animals of the preserve.
  • Securing an entire watershed, from hilltop to hilltop, would minimize light and noise pollution.
  • Securing the surrounding hills would facilitate both fire control and smoke management during prescribed burns which are critical to maintaining a viable prairie ecosystem.
  • Containing the entire watershed, the preserve would protect the high-quality of Glacier Creek from off-site pollution of its water. Glacier Creek is a small spring-fed tributary of the Big Papillion that originates from springs within the watershed.
  • Securing the entire watershed would avoid adverse effects of roads on vegetation, wildlife, hydrology, and the environment.