The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is getting a grant of more than $14,000 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality through its Litter Reduction and Recycling Program.
The money will buy used oil storage containers as well as a brush chipper.
Game and Parks Regional Parks Manager Jim Swenson says all of the state’s parks and recreation areas will benefit.
“We’ve already purchased some of the used oil containers and those will be spread out amongst various installations across the state,” he says. “The bulk of the funds will be used to purchase a chipper which will be transported from park area to park area.”
Swenson says the chipper will be stationed at the Fremont State Recreation Area but will be rotated to other installations for turning vegetative waste into landscaping mulch and trail surface materials.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust has matched the DEQ grant.
By Paul Hughes, WJAG, Norfork