Nebraska's Diverse Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
Nebraska is predominantly a prairie state comprised of tallgrass, mixed grass and shortgrass prairie. Approximately 40 percent of the state is in grasslands, about half of which occur in the Sandhills region, the largest grass-stabilized dune system in the western hemisphere. Roughly 4 percent of the state is wetlands and about 2 percent is forested, mostly along rivers and in the northwestern region of the state. Nebraska contains more than 12,000 miles of rivers and streams.
Nebraska's Planning Approach
The Natural Legacy Projects takes a habitat-based approach to conservation, identifying 40 biologically unique landscapes to help prioritize where conservation work can best be directed. These landscapes contain representative samples of each of the state’s natural communities and host the greatest known assemblage of biological diversity, including many populations of at-risk species.
Working Together for Nebraska's Wildlife
The Natural Legacy Partnership Team, made up of twenty of the state’s major conservation and agricultural partners, was assembled at the outset to develop a public input process and guiding principles, as well as to develop a shared responsibility for conserving biodiversity. Since most of the state is under private ownership, it was agreed that conservation actions would focus on working lands, be voluntary and incentive-based, and be implemented using a local, community-based approach.
March 2007 Nebraska Media Tour Coverage
Coverage of Teaming with Wildlife's March 2007 media tour of the sandhill crane migration in Kearney, Nebraska by KHAS-TV. This clip includes interviews of Mark Humpert of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Naomi Edelson of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
- Summary of Nebraska Natural Legacy Project (.pdf, 253 KB)
- Nebraska Natural Legacy Project Web Site