Conservation Almanac




Nebraska Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs


Highlighted State Programs


State Policy Framework



To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

No county-level conservation finance measures have been approved by voters in Nebraska. For more information on municipal measures in the state, visit

Highlighted State Programs

Nebraska Environmental Trust

The Nebraska Environmental Trust was established via voter-approved constitutional amendment in 1992.* The Trust is primarily funded through the Nebraska Lottery, which was also established by constitutional amendment. 44.4 percent of lottery money remaining after the payment of prizes and operating expenses go to the Environmental Trust Fund (the fund received 49.5 percent of revenue from 1992-2004 after voter action). The remaining funds are largely used for educational purposes .

The Nebraska Environmental Trust provides the seed money needed to preserve critical habitat areas, protect water supplies and establish recycling programs in Nebraska through a combination of lottery proceeds and private donations. The Nebraska Environmental Trust receives about $15 to 17 million annually and grants most of these funds each year. The Fund received $18.8 million in lottery funds in FY16. The Lottery has transferred more than $260 million to the Trust in the last 22 years. Many grant recipients are able to get matching funds on a 1:1 and sometimes as high as 1:4 or 1:5 basis, thus stretching state funding even further.

The Trust sets funding category areas for five-year periods, in a process involving members of the Nebraska public and conservation communities. Through 2020, the Trust will consider funding proposals in the following priority areas:

Surface and Ground Water
Waste Management and Recycling
Air Quality
Soil Management

*Initial legislation was approved by the legislature in 1991 (Legislative Resolution 24CA, sec 1)

2011 3,355.9 $1,942,555
2010 1,665.4 $1,199,375
2009 5,794.3 $2,792,053
2008 8,273.3 $2,656,902
2007 6,831.5 $3,009,617
2006 3,802.7 $2,763,064
2005 1,745.6 $891,606
2004 6,726.3 $2,585,131
2003 4,526.6 $2,255,750
2002 5,976.8 $2,308,689
2001 8,197.5 $1,546,585
2000 558.4 $559,023
1999 1,180.4 $1,053,091
1998 7,649.0 $2,509,854
Total66,283.7 $28,073,298

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

The Commission makes all land purchases using habitat stamp dollars, which is revenue derived from the sale of hunting licenses. It is matched by federal excise taxes on arms and ammunition. The Commission uses 25 percent of state funds and 75 percent federal money for most land acquisitions.

2011 40.0 $0
2010 66.4 $125,906
2009 934.6 $152,301
2008 195.2 $173,393
2007 103.6 $84,168
2006 249.8 $59,284
2005 1,464.2 $385,910
2004 2,722.6 $506,025
2003 215.6 $33,389
2002 4,485.9 $625,089
2001 445.4 $107,927
2000 1,962.3 $131,781
1999 2,235.6 $312,668
1998 1,524.7 $174,655
Total16,645.7 $2,872,501

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.