Due in part to this property’s location at the confluence of the Missouri and Platte Rivers, its acquisition is one of our top priorities. The Nutrien property provides a unique opportunity to secure 550 acres of floodplain habitats and wetlands. In major Metropolitan areas, opportunities like this are rare.
The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District leads the effort to acquire this area for passive public recreation, the conservation of the property’s unique ecosystems and protection of the area’s wildlife and habitat. We funded the project’s Master Plan, property appraisal and partnered on a MAPA study focused on this property’s impact on Offutt Air Base. We also agreed to partner in the site’s purchase.
However, acquisition of this property has proven difficult. Initially, 1,100 acres were offered for sale. Although much of this property had development value, 550 acres, adjacent to the river, did not – but were ideal for public use and wildlife conservation. Currently, the private purchase of the development property and public purchase of the non-developable land is being pursued.
Project Partners: P-MRNRD, City of Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Ducks Unlimited, MAPA, Offutt, others.
Estimated Financial Support: Back to the River – $82,100
Estimated Total Project Cost: $11,839,600
Year: 2013, on-going