The Environment


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Quad States' Trail, Part II - Trail development challenges and solutions

By Katie Blesner People and their communities enjoy many benefits when hiking/biking and equestrian trails are located nearby. Despite numerous benefits, trail advocates often face many obstacles in their quests for trail development. These challenges have prompted supporters to build partnerships and develop connections with other supporters to implement their dreams for more trails.

Quad States' Trails - Connecting Heartland Communities

By Katie Blesener Midwesterners have a reputation for self-sufficiency and independence. However, in the past decade Midwestern individuals, groups and communities have been joining together to make the Heartland a more appealing place to live, work and play. One of the most effective ways to attract young people and retirees, and hold onto those already living in a community, is to develop trails for walking, running and bicycling. Communities large and small with longer, connecting trails are also attracting tourists who want to bike or walk from one town to another.

Spring Creek Prairie

By Mitch Paine The booming voices of chorus frogs, the piercing melodies of redwing blackbirds, and soft colors of early spring hail the arrival of the new season. Walking the endless paths through the tallgrass, one can easily get lost in the expansive depths of the Spring Creek Prairie. Many photographers, such as Joel Sartore and Michael Forsberg, have made the Prairie the subject of unforgettable moments. These moments, etched in our minds, highlight the dedication of Spring Creek Prairie to education and conservation.

The Face of the Niemi Report

The best-case Nebraska economy of the future depends on highly productive individuals, not corporate headquarters or a smokestack industry

By Sally Herrin and W. Don Nelson Joe Hill-early 20th century labor organizer and martyr-said it best: Don't mourn-organize. By now, everyone knows that the population of most of rural America has declined precipitously over the past few decades, almost entirely due to declining farm income.

Executive Summary from "Nature-Resource Amenities and Nebraska's Economy: Current Connections, Challenges, and Possibilities"

Natural resources do not have to be converted into crops, electricity, or other commodities to support economic growth. Instead, growth can occur when natural resources provide recreational opportunities (bird-watching, fishing, boating, etc.) and other amenities consumers find desirable. This process is called amenity-driven growth.


Immigration in Nebraska

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