(Denton, Nebraska – August 25, 2023) Today, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, in partnership with Solidago Conservancy, announced the conservation of 310 acres of native prairie north of SCPAC. Until now, the acreage was believed to be one of Lancaster County's largest unprotected tracts of prairie.
This acreage will connect SCPAC with the Prairie Corridor, a tallgrass prairie passage and trail, which will extend from Pioneers Park to SCPAC. The Prairie Corridor project is a collaborative effort with many partners that include the City of Lincoln, the Lincoln Parks Foundation, and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. With less than two percent of tallgrass prairie remaining in North America, this purchase will conserve and connect a larger habitat area to support the tallgrass prairie ecosystem for future generations.
Melissa Amarawardana, Melissa.Amarawardana@audubon.org, 402.999.3404
Nicole Fleck-Tooze, Solidago@lincolnparks.org, 402.730.0268
About Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center focuses on conservation of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and the birds that rely on it. This 850-acre tallgrass prairie sanctuary offers over three miles of walking trails, native prairie grasslands, wetlands and ponds, wildflowers and grasses, and beautiful scenic vistas. In its midst more than 235 species of birds, 370 species of plants, and other wildlife dwell side-by-side with historic 19th-century wagon ruts from a cutoff to the Oregon Trail. This year, SCPAC celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
About Solidago Conservancy
Solidago Conservancy works with partners to conserve and expand greenways and natural areas toward the goal of a more connected and resilient landscape. Solidago is the Latin name for goldenrod, Nebraska’s state flower. The Conservancy is affiliated with the Lincoln Parks Foundation and works collaboratively with the City of Lincoln, the Lower Platte South NRD, and many others to connect people with nature and open space.