(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 the new Migratory Bird State Acres for Wildlife Conservation Reserve Program.
To help address the capacity bottleneck, Pheasants Forever funding is being leveraged with the NFWF funds to create a new Farm Bill Biologist position located in Grand Island and covering the following counties: Hall, Adams, Hamilton, Clay, Fillmore, Merrick, York and Seward. Like other Farm Bill biologists, this individual will be housed in the Natural Resources Conservation Service office; however, he or she will take on a unique focus. The biologist hired will provide one-on-one technical assistance to private landowners for USDA program and wildlife habitat delivery to maximize habitat for wetland and grassland dependent birds. He or she will provide marketing, outreach, and delivery of the Conservation Reserve Program, Agriculture Conservation Easement Program, Pheasants Forever State and Chapter projects and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Berggren Pheasant Plan projects. The position start date is expected to be late September.