Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska will receive $51,100 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) for its Spirit of Nebraska Camp Woodland Restoration project.
The project will enhance 200 acres of oak and cottonwood forest and tall grass prairie, as well as enrich habitats for tier 1 and tier 2 species through strategic removal of invasive trees. Tier 1 species are those found in Nebraska that are globally or nationally most at-risk of extinction. Tier 2 species are rare or imperiled within Nebraska, although typically not at-risk from a global or national perspective.
Improved year-round access will allow for additional safety for camp visitors and facilitation of programs for girls while protecting flora and fauna. Girl Scouts will be completing this project on two camp properties: Camp Crossed Arrows near Nickerson, in Washington and Dodge counties, and Camp Maha in Papillion, a Biologically Unique Landscape designated by the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project.
Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska requested $51,100 from NET to assist in purchasing new and used equipment to remove invasive cedar, autumn olive and rough leaf dogwood species from the camp properties over three years. The council also has secured an additional $25,000 in funding for this project.
In partnership with Oak Woodlands Alliance, Nebraska Game and Parks, and Fontenelle Forest, Spirit of Nebraska will follow land management best practices during the restoration process. The council will work to prevent woodland overgrowth moving forward, producing long-term benefits.
The project is one of 113 receiving $18,350,515 in grant awards from NET this year. Of these, 42 were new applications and 71 are carryover projects.
Providing outdoor exploration, diverse accommodations and adventure activities like zip lines and challenge courses, Spirit of Nebraska camp properties are available for rental by Girl Scouts and the public. Visit www.GirlScoutsNebraska.org/camps for camp rental information.
The Nebraska Legislature created the NET in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, NET has provided over $349 million in grants to over 2,400 projects across the state. Citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. NET works to preserve, protect and restore natural resources for future generations.