From Hershey to Papillion, Lincoln to Thedford, community landscapes across Nebraska are getting a financial boost from the Greener Towns program.

Greener Towns was created to help Nebraska communities improve their green infrastructure for pollinator habitat, stormwater management or other economic, environmental, aesthetic and social goals.

Greener Towns is coordinated by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and is funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery.

More than $79,000 is being distributed to support eight projects in seven communities. Each funding recipient is required to match the award with local funds and volunteer support.

“The economic impact is significant,” said Rachel Anderson, coordinator of the program, “but the way these projects bring people together to improve their community may be even more important.”

Applications for the next round of funds will be available in summer 2020. For more information about community landscape programs and resources, visit plantnebraska.org/community-landscapes/project-funding or contact Rachel Anderson at randerson28@unl.edu.

The 2020 Greener Towns projects:

  • Thedford, Fire Hall Arboretum, $20,000
  • Gering, Gering Civic Plaza, $18,000
  • Omaha, Better Together Park, $13,528
  • Hershey, Tranquility Garden Phase II, $11,000
  • Ogallala, Soap Box Derby Track, $2,500
  • Lincoln, Vintage Heights Water and Erosion Control Plan, $3,000
  • Lincoln, Connelly Eagle Scout Pollinator Garden in Woodshire Neighborhood, $1,600
  • Springfield, Butterfly Habitat — MoPac Trail, $2,000

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