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In the wetlands of the Rainwater Basin and across Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairies, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners achieve habitat conservation through cooperation and sound science. Landowners, conservation organizations and government agencies work together through Joint Venture projects and programs to provide habitat for millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife in this highly productive agricultural landscape.

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Registration is open for the 24th RWBJV Informational Seminar

Join landowners, agricultural producers, conservation professionals, congressional staff, researchers, and students for a day of education and networking about conservation in Nebraska. The 24th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Ramada Midtown Grand Island (the former Hotel Grand Conference Center)

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Pheasants Forever Adds Delivery Capacity for the Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex

(Posted 9/6/18) The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Partnership was recently awarded a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation(NFWF) grant to support wetland conservation delivery in the Rainwater Basin. This grant will address several limitations to implementing wetland conservation, including delivery capacity, funding for grazing infrastructure and restoration of tracts enrolled in

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Rainwater Basin Joint Venture and Nebraska Cattlemen Host Grazing Meeting

(Posted 9/6/18) In 2013, the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Management Board adopted the Working Lands Initiative as one of the strategies to achieve the management objectives outlined in the 2013 Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Implementation Plan. Over the last five years the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners have worked together

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Our partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which manage public lands for wildlife habitat. However, agriculture producers and other private landowners are indispensable partners in habitat conservation. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture offers private lands programs that can benefit both agriculture and wildlife.



Eight out of ten years, I could never get in there and harvest that low spot. Now I can just put it out of my mind.

Clay County Farmer

As livestock producers, we can get benefits out of the wetlands, but those benefits also help the wildlife, hunters, and the migration.

RWB Cattleman

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