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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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New Rainwater Basin Spring Ponding Data Available

Waterfowl stopping over in the Rainwater Basin region during spring migration are looking for two basic resources, food and water. Since playa wetlands are strictly rain-fed, aside from some groundwater pumping on a few public properties, we have little control over how much water is available for waterfowl each year.

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Featured Project: Whitefront Wildlife Management Area

By Randy Stutheit, Wetland Biologist, NE Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, NE The Whitefront Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is owned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and is located 2 miles west and 2 miles north of Clay Center in Clay County. This WMA contains approximately 212 acres

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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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