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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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Private Land News Jan 2020

One of the cornerstones of the RWBJV partnership is its ability to find unique solutions to address on-the-ground conservation bottlenecks.  The invasion of grasslands by Eastern Red Cedar (ERC) is one of most pressing threats to grassland nesting birds in the RWBJV administrative area.  This is troubling since grassland obligates

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Several new publications could help improve conservation planning efforts

Newly published research suggests that vegetated buffers can help reduce the amount of neonicotinoid pesticides in Rainwater Basin wetlands. Researchers collected water samples from 26 wetlands in spring 2015 to measure amounts of a number of neonicotinoid pesticides and invertebrate communities. Results reported in “Neonicotinoid insecticide concentrations in agricultural wetlands

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Collaborative Conservation for Waterfowl Habitat and Groundwater Recharge

RWBJV partners, including Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID), Ducks Unlimited, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Tri-Basin Natural Resources District, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District (USFWS RWB WMD) have completed all project elements funded through the Platte Basin Collation (PBC) Western Basins

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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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