OUR MISSION

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 programs to provide habitat for millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife in this highly productive agricultural landscape.

RWBJV Administrative Area

Latest News

October – December 2016 Update

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The RWBJV Partnership received some great Christmas presents from the United States Department of Agriculture. This included the announcement of 10,000 acres of State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

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Improving Habitat at Gleason WPA

This Kearney County Waterfowl Production Area was purchased in 1967, and consists of five tracts of land totaling 569.2 acres. The wetland footprint is 292 acres, and the Fish and Wildlife Service currently owns 98 % of this footprint. The Service also owns and manages 282 acres of associated upland

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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.

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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
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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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