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Partnership to Control Red Cedar Benefits Public and Private Lands

(Posted 9/17) Control of nonnative eastern red cedar is becoming an increasingly popular topic throughout grasslands in Nebraska. The Sandhills are Nebraska’s largest intact landscape and invasion by eastern red cedar is one of the chief ecological threats to this area. Each place a red cedar tree grows is one

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Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Reintegrates Fire Across a Landscape

(Posted 8/17) The Loup River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) provides an annual two-week live-fire training opportunity for professional wildland fire practitioners that benefits native prairie and grassland production on private lands. One of the greatest threats to prairie conservation and livestock production in the Great Plains is the invasion

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The RWBJV Partnership Hosts a Pair of Successful Events

Over 180 landowners, agricultural producers, conservation professionals, researchers and students (representing over 40 different organizations) gathered on Thursday, February 2nd for the 22nd Annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar at the Hotel Grand Conference Center in Grand Island, Nebraska to meet, learn, exchange ideas and discuss conservation issues, research,

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RWBJV Informational Seminar is February 2

Conservation partners, agriculture producers, and researchers will gather in Grand Island on Thursday, February 2 for the 22nd annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar. This long-running event has become a mid-winter tradition for Nebraska’s natural resource professionals. It provides an opportunity for RWBJV partners, landowners, and others to meet,

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RWB Wetland Management District Announces Staff Changes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District says goodbye this month to two departing staff members and welcomes a new deputy project leader. Brandon Jones has served for the last five years as the Deputy Project Leader at the Rainwater Basin WMD, working in all facets

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Save the Date: Informational Seminar is February 2

Mark your calendar for February 2, and plan on attending the 2017 RWBJV Informational Seminar at the Hotel Grand Conference Center in Grand Island. The Informational Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for conservation professionals, agriculture producers, scholars, and others to meet, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. Agenda details

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October 21 is Deadline to Apply for Pit Fill Assistance under EQIP

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide cost-share assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to fill abandoned irrigation reuse pits in the watersheds of priority Rainwater Basin wetlands. Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners have additional cost-share dollars available to fill pits identified as high priorities for removal.

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Featured Project: Pintail Wildlife Management Area

The Pintail Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is owned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and is located five miles south and 2 miles east of Aurora in Hamilton County. Pintail WMA contains approximately 360 acres of playa wetland and 118 acres of upland habitat. The 478 acres of

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Partners Unite to Improve Habitat in the Sandhills

The Nebraska Sandhills contains the largest remaining grassland area in the U.S., along with abundant rivers, lakes, and wetlands. These habitats are an important resource for a variety of bird species including waterfowl and grassland-nesting birds.  Recently, several conservation partners, including the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, U.S.

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