Conservation Group Gets Grant, For Chief Standing Bear Trail

BEATRICE – The Chief Standing Bear Trail between Beatrice and the Nebraska-Kansas line will be getting some help from the Gage County’s Visitor Improvement Fund.

The county board Wednesday approved a $7,500 grant application submitted by the Homestead Conservation and Trails Association.

Gage County Tourism Director Lisa Wiegand explains what’s planned for the trail that was recently dedicated and turned over to ownership of the Ponca Tribe.

:18                  “promotional materials”

An advisory board recommended approval of the grant, financed with lodging tax revenue raised in Gage County.   The visitor’s improvement fund account which draws half of the funding produced through a four-percent lodging tax, has a balance of about $208,000.  The Homestead Conservation and Trails Association project will cost a total of about $15,000.

:08                  “some enhancements”

Wiegand says her office is getting lot of calls about locations of trailheads and hiking opportunities related to the Chief Standing Bear Trail.  She says groups are already coming forward to volunteer their time to keep the trail corridor in good condition.

:13                  “out there, too”

Wiegand says the goal is to have the stone markers in place by the time August solar eclipse activities are held in the Beatrice area.  The Ponca Tribe is working on the goal of achieving a National Historic Designation for the Chief Standing Bear Trail.

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