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Featured Collection: Nebraska's Eastern Saline Wetlands

By Margaret Mering

What are the items?

These maps show the Eastern Saline Wetlands areas of Lancaster and Saunders counties, Nebraska. The first map identifies the three categories of saline wetlands with Category 1 being of the highest quality. The aerial map identifies the names of the wetland areas.

Saline Wetlands Areas map showing category 1 areas in red, category 2 areas in yellow, and category 3 areas in green
Caption: Saline Wetland Areas map produced by LPS Natural Resource District in 2003 showing locations around Lincoln, NE. (

Aerial image of the Saline Wetland Areas with the names of the wetlands labeled
Caption: Saline Wetland Areas aerial image showing the names of the wetlands

What BTAA Library submitted the item?

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Interesting tidbits:

  • The Eastern Saline Wetlands once covered an area of over 200,000 acres. Today, because of the drainages of Salt Creek, Little Salt Creek and Rock Creek and residential, commercial and agricultural development, the area is only around 4,000 acres (Lincoln Parks & Recreation, 2021).
  • The Eastern Saline Wetlands is habitat for many endangered plants, birds, and other wildlife. Two endangered species are the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle and the Plains Harvest Mouse.
  • Nebraska has four naturally occurring regional wetland complexes that combined cover around 1,500,000 acres.
Where can I find out more?
  • is a link to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln collection of more maps and other images of the Eastern Saline Wetlands. This collection was created and contributed by Tom Malmstrom, the Natural Resources Coordinator for Lincoln Parks & Recreation, and the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District

Check out more items from the University of Nebraska's Image and Multimedia Collections in the BTAA Geoportal here.

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Margaret Mering is the Metadata Quality Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln