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Our June cover features (from left) former Mayor Chris Beutler; Maggie Stuckey, executive director of the Lincoln Parks Foundation; and Michael Forsberg, conservation photographer and Haines Branch Prairie Corridor Cabinet leader. All three are active members of the Prairie Corridor Cabinet. The Prairie Corridor will connect Lincoln’s Pioneers Park Nature Center and tallgrass prairie to the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center near Denton.

The vision is of 7,800 acres of tallgrass prairie along the Haines Branch of Salt Creek, with a crushed limestone trail that will allow users to traverse and explore the prairie.

The Prairie Corridor project is a collaborative effort between more than 30 public and private agencies.

Approximately two-thirds of the priority area for the Prairie Corridor is conserved to date. Project partners are working with landowners through a voluntary, incentive-based approach to conservation through the purchase of land or conservation easements, or by enhancing the prairie resources on their own.

Fundraising is a vital part of developing the Prairie Corridor. Project partners announced in mid-May that they have secured $7 million of the $22 million goal for the Prairie Corridor. To contribute, contact Maggie Stuckey at the Lincoln Parks Foundation at 402-441-8258 or director@lincolnparks.org.

Watch for more details and a progress update in Susan Larson Rodenburg’s cover story, which will be posted Monday, May 27, on this website and will be distributed in the printed L Magazine Thursday, May 30. We thank Carlee Koehler for contributing this month’s cover photo.

Itching to travel?

With spring turning to summer, many of us get the itch to travel. For a local road trip, consider the Falls City Hot Air Balloon Festival June 15-16. The event hasn’t happened in Falls City since 1995. See details in John Mabry's story on this website.

If you’re yearning for a longer trip, consider that the Grand Canyon is celebrating 100 years as a designated national park this year. This national treasure offers much more than a look over the edge. See more details in Jim Winnerman' story, which will be posted Saturday, May 25, on this website.

Taking a global view, you might be interested to know that members of the Lincoln Council for International Visitors host visitors from all over the world for dinner in their Lincoln homes. The number of visitors is increasing every year, with 97 guests from 46 countries visiting in 2018. By June, another 60 will have visited from more than a dozen countries. See details in Maxine Moul's story posted on this website.

Another recent worldly event in Lincoln was the Global Cabaret, which featured international food, drink and entertainment and raised $31,000 for Lincoln Literacy. See my story and son John's photos posted on this website.

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I’d like to know what kinds of stories you want to see and any other suggestions you have for L Magazine. Please email those to mschwaninger@journalstar.com or call me at 402-473-2644. As always, I appreciate your “Likes” and comments on the L Magazine Facebook page as well.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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