We plant Nebraska.
What started over 30 years ago as an effort of a small group of plant enthusiasts has evolved into an organization with an amazing impact on the green infrastructure of communities across the state. There are now over 90 affiliated arboretums in 52 communities. In addition, NSA has provided funding, plants and technical assistance for more than 1,300 landscape enhancement projects in 300 different towns. The total value of these projects is nearly $20 million. Of course the true value of these efforts isn’t measured in the dollars spent but rather in the greener nature these communities have achieved: more trees, more shade, more native plants, more wildlife and more beauty.

CURRENT INITIATIVES
Landscape Funding Available to Communities, deadlines July 21 and Oct. 21 of 2016

Applications for projects (fillable pdf) to improve community landscapes throughout the state are being accepted by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Funding is provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery.

The “Greener Nebraska Towns” cost-share program aims at collaborative efforts by communities, individuals and organizations for healthier, more beautiful and more sustainable public landscapes. The projects will use native and waterwise plants to better manage resources like water, soil, habitat, energy and waste. Besides showcasing sustainable plants and practices, partners will also take an active role in involving the whole community, communicating their efforts and hosting educational events as the projects develop. 

Focus areas include:

  1. Sustainable Schoolyards
  2. Trees for Nebraska Towns
  3. Waterwise Landscapes
  4. Native Plants for Pollinators

      Funding for these projects ranges from a maximum of $25,000 to a minimum of $1,000. A 50 percent cost-share funding match is required for all projects, which can include donated and in-kind goods and services and volunteer labor.  At least 70 percent of cost-share funds must be devoted to plant material and the site preparation and supplies necessary for plant survival. Up to 30 percent of cost-share funds can go toward project design, hardscape material and educational signage (traditional lawns and irrigation, equipment purchases, property, rock mulches or plastic edging and weed barriers are not eligible for reimbursement).

      Applications will be accepted quarterly, with the first deadlines on July 21 and October 1 of 2016. The form is online at http://plantnebraska.org/. For more information, email Greener Nebraska Towns Program Coordinator Rachel Anderson at randerson28@unl.edu.