The property is or will be encumbered by a conservation easement as described below.
The Brooks tract consists of 2 parcels -- one north and one south of Interstate 80. The Property contains native prairie, approximately 5,330 feet of frontage on the Platte River, and provides migratory staging habitat for whooping crane, sandhill crane, waterfowl, and shorebirds. The northern tract has agricultural land and native prairie remnants.
The Nature Conservancy aims to protect the ecological and hydromorphological functioning of the Platte River by preserving undeveloped land along the border of the active river channel. The absence of buildings, lighting, or other disturbances that might disrupt the use of the river for roosting or nesting birds, along with other wildlife use, is a critical component of the property. In addition, the undeveloped and unarmored river bank allows the river to pick up and deposit sediment and alter its course of flow; both of which are essential components of river functioning. The native, unplowed, and diverse prairie communities on the property are also extremely important and are rare along the Platte River corridor. Maintaining native plant diversity is particularly important because that diversity is the foundation for the diversity and abundance of other species, especially insects.
The riverfront property provides migratory staging habitat for whooping crane, sandhill crane, waterfowl, and shorebirds. In addition, the prairie remnants contain a wide variety of prairie flowers and grasses.
At closing, The Nature Conservancy will place a conservation easement on the property that prohibits buildings, plowing, and other such activities. Permissible uses will include grazing, hunting, and similar activities that do not affect the quality of the prairie or the integrity of the riverbank.