Colleen Schoneweis, with the Nebraska Trails Foundation, says the 20-mile stretch runs from the Kansas border north, toward Beatrice.
“We’ll help them in maintaining with volunteer people and volunteer money and fundraising,” Schoneweis says. “We really need their support and their board members to vote for this.”
The Trails Foundation has already raised $150,000 to be placed in an account for future maintenance of the trail.
“We’re going to do multiple events to keep raising money for the trail so it doesn’t cost the NRD money or the taxpayers money or surrounding landowers money,” Schoneweis says. “We don’t want that. We want it to be a very fun, nice trail. It benefits the whole community.”
Annual maintenance on the trial could run between $500 and $1,500 per mile.
Schoneweis says a federal effort is supported by Nebraska Congressional members to name it the Chief Standing Bear National Trail.
Connecting with other trails, it could mean a more than 200-mile continuous trail connection from Marysville, Kansas to Omaha to near Blanchard, Iowa.
She says the developed trail could have an economic impact along the Big Blue River for running events, kayaking and other recreation.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice