Citing budgetary concerns, the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners has voted against helping a group buy more land for endangered beetles.
Published reports reveal that the board voted Thursday to deny a request for $90,000 total over three years.
The Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership sought the money as
matching funds to help secure a $1.4 million grant.
Most of the money would be used to acquire or restore 150 to 250 acres of saline wetlands - critical habitat for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.
The beetle is considered one of the rarest insects in the United
States. It was listed as endangered in October 2005.
The beetles live only in the rare saline wetlands on the north side of Lincoln and in neighboring Saunders County.