Environmental Quality

Goal 4: Preserve and manage natural areas in a manner that promotes awareness of our natural environment and fosters a conservation ethic
Source: Lincoln Parks & Recreation     EQ Goal4     7/12/2013
About this measure:
Residents are asked to rate management of natural areas during the resident satisfaction survey conducted every two years. Survey respondent data is used to compare trends against the benchmark from A Study of Public Opinions Regarding Parks and Recreation Services and Facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska, 2000*.
Why this is important:
Providing opportunities for enhanced environmental awareness promotes enjoyment, appreciation and awareness of our natural environment and fosters practice of a conservation ethic that leads to sustainable living in the future.
What is being done:
The Parks & Recreation Department manages 2,918 acres of land as natural or conservation areas. About half of parkland and open space areas managed by the Department are classified as natural or conservation areas. Natural areas maintained include saline and freshwater wetlands, riparian and greenway corridors, woodlands, and areas of prairie. Preservation and management of natural areas provides multiple overlapping community benefits including for stormwater management, conservation of sensitive habitat areas, enhancement of property values, outdoor education, and public enjoyment and appreciation.



Source: Lincoln Parks & Recreation     EQ Goal4     7/12/2013
About this measure:
Data is collected using participant surveys. A year-to-year benchmark comparison is be used to compare results over time.
Why this is important:
Providing opportunities for enhanced environmental awareness promotes enjoyment, appreciation and awareness of our natural environment and fosters practice of a conservation ethic that leads to sustainable living in the future.
What is being done:
The Parks & Recreation Department manages and operates the Pioneers Park Nature Center which includes over 500 acres of virgin prairie, exhibits of live native animals, display gardens of native plants, and historical buildings from southeastern Nebraska. There are over 200,000 visitors to this facility to view exhibits, enroll outdoor education programs, walk the nature trails, and to participate in school prairie tours, a nature-based pre-school program, camps, special events and workshops.



Source: Lincoln Parks & Recreation     EQ Goal4     7/12/2013
About this measure:
The number of acres of parkland and public open space areas in Lincoln is compared against peer cities. National average for comparable cities is 9.4 percent of urban area managed as public parkland or open space. 2008 Park Facts prepared by the Trust for Public Lands.
Why this is important:
Preservation and management of natural areas helps communities manage stormwater, conserve sensitive habitat, and enhance property values. It helps foster education and awareness of our natural environment for sustainable living and public enjoyment.
What is being done:
The Parks & Recreation Department manages 6,304 acres of park and open space areas.