Glacier Creek Project Land Acquisition Phases
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Phase I: Connecting habitat between Allwine Prairie Preserve and the Big Papillion Creek Corridor
In 2009, 34 ha (83 acres) adjacent to Allwine Prairie Preserve on the east and northeast were acquired by UNO with financial support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) , the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD) and UNO. This acquisition, the Papio Tract, extended the northern and eastern boundaries of the original preserve to the Big Papillion Creek. Plans are currently underway that will restore Glacier Creek and create wetlands and prairie along this corridor.
Current Status: Land acquisition is complete and restoration is scheduled to begin in 2014-2015
Phase II: Acquiring the overlooking "North Viewshed" to protect the historic prairie view
In 2013, 31 ha (76 acres) adjacent to the Allwine Prairie Tract on the north (named the "Barbi Hayes Overlook") were purchased with funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a private donor (Barbi Hayes), the Papio Missouri River NRD and UNO. By expanding the boundaries of the existing preserve to the north, the new landscape incorporates the surrounding hilltops so visitors will see the full sweep of the historic prairie that once extended from horizon to horizon.
Current Status: Land acquisition is complete and being farmed until restoration efforts begin.
Phase III: Acquisition of the remaining land in the watershed, including land west and north of the preserve
Presently we are seeking financial support to acquire land both to the west of the original Allwine Prairie Tract (the "West Watershed") and north of the Barbi Hayes Overlook (the "North Tract") with the goal being to incorporate the entire Glacier Creek watershedand within the preserve boundaries. Incorporating the entire watershed within preserve boundaries will facilitate research, education, and habitat conservation at the site in various ways, including by (1) dramatically increasing the diversity of habitats available for research and education and for protection of native plants and animals, (2) reducing off-site impacts on the preserve such as pesticides in water draining down-slope from adjacent homes or agricultural fields, and (3) minimizing both light and sound pollution from surrounding developments.
Current Status: A $1.6 million dollar grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust has been awarded to UNO to go towards the total $6 million purchase price for the land. Additional funds are being requested from USDA programs. Matching funds, however, have yet to be identified to complete this phase of the project. Time is critical for the land purchase because of the increasing housing development pressure. Make a Contribution.