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,
Brody Vorderstrasse started June 1st with Central Platte Natural Resources District as a Communications Assistant. Brody is originally from Glenvil, Nebraska. During his childhood Brody participated in 4-H showing cattle, sheep, and horses. He also spent a lot of time in the outdoors hunting deer, turkeys, and snow geese.
The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV), an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation, received funding for five grants totaling $958,700 from Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) in 2019. Together, the grants benefit farmers, ranchers, wildlife, wetlands and grasslands, as well as the Ogallala Aquifer. For instance, Western Basin Restorations: Improving Waterfowl
Following a wetland restoration, it takes months or years to see the return of seasonal water and wetland vegetation. In three time lapse videos of 20-40 seconds, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission documented changes seen over three years. Two of the videos are from Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area
Background The Working Lands Initiative (WLI) was embraced by the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) in 2010. Its goal is to increase the value of the remaining Rainwater Basin wetlands by stepping up grazing on them. If done correctly, grazing on wetlands can be an economically viable component of
Shanda Spurgeon received the 2019 Conservation Professional of the Year Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Spurgeon worked as a Resource Conservationist in Adams and Phelps County, tirelessly promoting the Wetland Reserve and Agriculture Conservation Easement Programs to private
Little Blue Natural Resources District received the 2019 Conservation Partner of the Year Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Little Blue Natural Resources District (LBNRD) has been a cornerstone partner for the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture since 1991, according
Dale Seidel, a landowner in Garfield County, received a Landowner Stewardship Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Seidel was nominated by Ben Wheeler of Pheasants Forever because of his commitment to using prescribed fire in collaboration with his neighbors
September’s meeting of the RWBJV Management Board was bittersweet. During the meeting three long-time board members, Mike Onnen, Gloria Erickson, and Greg Reisdorff, were honored for their service. These individuals were involved with the Joint Venture for a total of over 57 years. Mike Onnen served the RWBJV for 28
The first year is in the books, and the RWBJV partners successfully delivered over 1,900 acre-feet of water into Funk Waterfowl Production Area (WPA). Surface water deliveries first reached Funk WPA on November 20, 2018 and were completed one month later. Multiple partners worked with the staff at the U.S.