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Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project

A blueprint for conserving wildlife

and their habitats

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Pronghorn Antelope

95 Mammal species make their home in Nebraska

Swift Fox

Flying

Squirrel

Cottontail

Elk

Nebraska has a rich legacy of biodiversity

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Tiger Salamander

Ornate Box

Turtle

Copperhead Snake

Five-lined Skink

60 Amphibian

and Reptiles are

in Nebraska

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Finescale dace

Paddlefish

American Eel

Bluegill

80 native fish species swim in Nebraska

waters

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Prothonotary Warbler

Long-billed

Curlew

Black-necked

Stilt

Peregrine Falcon

Indigo Bunting

345 Bird Species fly through the Nebraska sky

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Blowout Penstemon

Flower Mix

Fremont’s

clematis

Sideoats Grama

Deciduous Trees

1470 Plant Species color the landscape

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Tens of Thousands of Invertebrate species wait for discovery

Regal Fritillary

Flat

Floater

American Rubyspot

Damselfly

Crayfish

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Nebraska s ecoregions

Shortgrass Prairie

Mixed Grass Prairie and the Platte River

Sandhills

Tallgrass Prairie

Shortgrass

Prairie

Sandhills

Sandhill Lakes

Cedar Canyon

Tallgrass Prairie

Forests

Central Mixed-Grass

Prairie

Wetlands

Sandsage Prairie

Nebraska’s Ecoregions

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Mallard

Greater Yellowlegs

Sandhill Crane

Nebraska is important to North America

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Our natural legacy is important...

to everyone

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Last century saw successful conservation of many wildlife species

The Pittman-Robertson Act

$2 billion since 1937

Gerald & Buff Corsi

California Academy of Science

Wild Turkey was gone from Nebraska in 1915

Today they are found near most rivers across the state

In 1901 there was about 100 pronghorn in Nebraska

Today there are 7,000 pronghorn.

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Why a new project
Why a new project? species

Many native species are declining

  • Limited efforts targeted at non-game species

  • Past has been opportunistic and inefficient

  • Reactive approach

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


New funding
New Funding species

Opportunity

  • Funding: State Wildlife Grants

  • Competitive grant program

  • Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (Oct. 2005)

  • Nationwide effort

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


How will this project work
How will this project work? species

  • Create an effective blueprint for conservation in Nebraska

    • Habitat Based Approach

    • Used by many

  • Conserve our natural heritage

    • All species: game and nongame

  • Join many planning efforts across the state

  • Opportunity to convey wildlife needs for future funding decisions

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


8 required elements
8 Required Elements species

  • Species distribution and abundance

  • Location and condition of habitats

  • Threats/stresses and priority research

  • Conservation actions: Voluntary, incentive based

  • Monitoring plans

  • Procedure to review

  • Coordinate with other agencies and tribes

  • Public participation

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Nebraska s natural legacy project organization
Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project Organization species

Partnership

Internal

Team

Support Team

(Partners)

Conservation

Science Team

Core Team

Strategies

Team

Education/

Outreach

Wildlife Recreation

Team

Team

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Ducks Unlimited species

Farmers Union

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environment Education

Nebraska Audubon

Nebraska Cattlemen

Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Nebraska Farm Bureau

Nebraska Forest Service

Nebraska Partnership for All-Bird Conservation

Nebraska Wildlife Federation

Pheasants Forever, Inc.

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Rainwater Basin Joint Venture of Nebraska

The Conservation Alliance of the Great Plains

The Nature Conservancy

University of Nebraska

US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Forest Service

Partnership Team Representatives

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Partnership team
Partnership Team species

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Hypothetical product example conservation strategies
Hypothetical Product Example: speciesConservation Strategies

Statewide, regional, local

Landowner incentives

Education

Land management

Research

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Simplified hypothetical example identification of priority landscapes
Simplified Hypothetical Example: speciesIdentification of priority landscapes

  • Landscape Characteristics

  • Prairie relatively intact

Dissected Loess Hills

  • Resources

  • Loess mixed-grass prairie

  • American Burying Beetle

  • Elk

Lincoln County

  • Threats to area

  • Cedar Tree encroachment

  • Conservation Strategy

  • Voluntary incentives for

  • Tree Removal

  • Education

  • Results

  • Prairie protection

  • Improved range quality

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


N speciesebraska’s Natural Legacy Project

A blueprint for conserving wildlife and their habitats

The mission of Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project is to develop and implement a blueprint for conserving Nebraska’s flora, fauna and natural habitats through the proactive, voluntary conservation actions of partners, communities and individuals.

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project will benefit... species

all Nebraskans

Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project


Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project species

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