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Shanda Spurgeon Receives 2019 Conservation Professional of the Year Award

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

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Little Blue NRD Receives 2019 Conservation Partner of the Year Award

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

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Dale Seidel Receives 2019 Landowner Stewardship Award

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

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Highlights from September’s Management Board Meeting

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

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Western Basin Recharge Project – A Status Update

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.

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Registration is open for the 24th RWBJV Informational Seminar

Join landowners, agricultural producers, conservation professionals, congressional staff, researchers, and students for a day of education and networking about conservation in Nebraska. The 24th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Ramada Midtown Grand Island (the former Hotel Grand Conference Center)

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Biologist

Pheasants Forever Adds Delivery Capacity for the Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex

(Posted 9/6/18) The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Partnership was recently awarded a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation(NFWF) grant to support wetland conservation delivery in the Rainwater Basin. This grant will address several limitations to implementing wetland conservation, including delivery capacity, funding for grazing infrastructure and restoration of tracts enrolled in

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Rainwater Basin Joint Venture and Nebraska Cattlemen Host Grazing Meeting

(Posted 9/6/18) In 2013, the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Management Board adopted the Working Lands Initiative as one of the strategies to achieve the management objectives outlined in the 2013 Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Implementation Plan. Over the last five years the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners have worked together

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Marsh Duck Wetland Management Area

Featured Project – Marsh Duck Wildlife Management Area

(Posted 5/8/18) The Rainwater Basin (RWB) is an important staging area for migrating waterfowl, extending over 21 counties with approximately 40,000 acres of wetlands. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) owns and manages 35 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in 11 of the 21 counties. These properties encompass 8,953 acres

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Joanna Pope

Voices from the 2018 RWBJV Info Seminar

Hear what your colleagues and neighbors had to say about the 2018 RWBJV Info Seminar in these short audio clips. Then, plan to join them in 2019 to learn, network, exchange information, and have a great time!

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