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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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Smartweed Marsh WMA Fencing Project

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) purchased the Smartweed Marsh West Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Nuckolls County in 1990.  Smartweed Marsh WMA contains approximately 38 acres of wetland and 2 acres of upland habitat.  Several management projects have taken place on the property including sediment removal, clearing trees

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Ritch Nelson Receives Runner Up In Nationwide Award

Wildlife Biologist Ritch Nelson received runner up in the nationwide NRCS State Biologist of the Year Award.   Nelson’s supervisor, Britt Weiser, said, “Ritch is the consummate technical professional. He has broad expertise in the biology discipline and combines this with excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate great working relationships with employees,

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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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