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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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Developing Conservation Tools

The RWBJV GIS office has been creating tools to help identify areas where conservation investment will have the largest impact.  Using Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data, we created statistical models to estimate relative abundance for our target species identified in the RWBJV Landbird Plan.  These models can be used to

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West Basin Recharge Project Moves into Phase II

RWBJV partners (Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District [CNPPID], Ducks Unlimited [DU], Nebraska Department of Natural Resources [NDNR], Tri-Basin Natural Resources District [TBNRD], and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District [USFWS RWB WMD]) have completed multiple project elements associated with Phase I of the Western

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Integrated Management on the Reeb WRP

In 2012 Richard “Dick” Reeb enrolled 71 acres into the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).  Dick’s easement is part of a larger wetland basin that also contains Miller’s Pond Waterfowl Production Area and a couple Ducks Unlimited revolving properties.  It is important to protect and maintain multiple properties throughout these basins to provide adequate habitat to waterfowl and other wetland-obligate

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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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