(Posted 9/17) Earlier this year, an exciting new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) option was announced for Nebraska and Kansas: the Migratory Bird, Butterfly, and Pollinator State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement, known as the Migratory Bird SAFE. This CRP option is available to landowners who own a playa wetland within one
(Posted 8/17) The 550-acre Gehl tract in Greeley County, Nebraska is comprised of mixed-grass prairie habitat overrun by invasive eastern red cedar. A project to control this tree has been funded by Working Lands for Wildlife, and will improve habitat quality for birds and other prairie wildlife and increase forage
(Posted 8/17) The 1,590-acre Martensen/Koch tract in Loup County, Nebraska hosts one of the first projects developed through NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program. The goal is to restore, enhance, and manage a large block of native prairie grassland habitat for the benefit of prairie wildlife, as well as
As part of the Berggren Pheasant Plan, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is providing incentives to landowners enrolling in USDA’s Continuous-CRP. The Berggren Pheasant plan seeks to enhance pheasant habitat within prioritized areas of the state, including the Rainwater Basin area, and to increase recreational opportunities for hunting. This
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.
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.
The Little Blue Natural Resources District will receive $208,865 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to help integrate restored wetlands into irrigated agriculture operations. Wetlands can provide farm income through grazing and haying, while also providing wildlife habitat. The “Puddles under the Pivots” grant will complement major funding provided by a
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will receive $75,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for its “Rainwater Basin Wetland Management” grant. The grant will help with ongoing work to control invasive plants such as reed canary grass, river bulrush, and hybrid cattail in wetlands on both private and public lands
Wetlands and wildlife habitat in the Rainwater Basin will benefit from $412,855 in Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund grants awarded to the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture. The Rainwater Basin’s wetlands provide migration habitat for millions of geese and ducks each spring, as well as hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, and endangered
A restored wetland in southwestern Hamilton County is the site of an innovative partnership that combines new technology with some old-fashioned common sense. Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) partners, including conservation agencies and agriculture technology and equipment companies, are working with the Marsh family to maximize the value of their