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RWBJV Partnership

The RWBJV partnership includes conservation organizations, landowners and agriculture producers, natural resources districts, researchers, and government agencies from the federal and state levels, as well as county and local levels. Partners pool their resources and knowledge to accomplish more jointly than they could by working on their own.

Although most of our partners work in south-central Nebraska, a growing number are active elsewhere in Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairie regions and across the Great Plains. We also cooperate with other Joint Ventures and with the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative to achieve conservation objectives on a broader scale.

 

 

Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Partners

    Management Board

    • Tim McCoy, Chair

    • Deputy Director,Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

    • tim.mccoy@nebraska.gov


    • Bob Bettger

    • Fillmore County Landowner

    • bbettger@stewireless.com


    • Ardell Epp

    • Hamilton County Landowner

    • aepp@hamilton.net


    • Gloria Erickson

    • Phelps County Landowner

    • ggerickson@msn.com


    • Ken Feather

    • Manager, Forestry Department,Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District

    • kfeather@upperbigblue.org


    • Michael Onnen

    • General Manager, LBNRD,Representing Nebr. Assn. of Natural Resources Districts

    • monnen@littlebluenrd.org


    • Greg Reisdorff

    • Conservation and Environmental Programs,Farm Service Agency

    • greg.reisdorff@ne.usda.gov


    • Dave Raffety/Joe Bilka

    • Director,Tri-Basin Natural Resources District

    • david.raffety@yahoo.com


    • Steve Shaw

    • Clay County cattlemanRepresenting Little Blue NRD

    • kmsha611@hotmail.com


    • Mel Taylor

    • Fillmore County Landowner

    • mtaylor@fmbmilligan.com


    • John C. Denton

    • Mgr. of Conservation Programs - NE & KS,Ducks Unlimited

    • jdenton@ducks.org


    • Rich Walters, Jr.

    • Nebraska Program Dir. of Stewardship, The Nature Conservancy

    • rwalters@tnc.org


    • Clint Riley

    • Asst. Regional Director, Mig. Birds/Wildlife & Sports Fish Restoration,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    • clint_riley@fws.gov


    • James Huntwork

    • Asst. State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

    • james.huntwork@ne.usda.gov


    • Kelsi Wehrman

    • State Coordinator, Nebraska Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

    • kwehrman@pheasantsforever.org


       

    Technical Committee

       

    • Kirk Schroeder

    • NE Assistant State Private Lands Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    • kirk_d_schroeder@fws.gov

    • (308) 379-8556

    • Ted LaGrange

    • Wetland Program Manager,Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

    • ted.lagrange@nebraska.gov


    • Ritch Nelson

    • Nebraska State Wildlife Biologist,Natural Resources Conservation Service

    • ritch.nelson@ne.usda.gov


    • Mark Vrtiska

    • Waterfowl Program Manager,Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

    • mark.vrtiska@nebraska.gov


    • Ben Wheeler

    • Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever

    • ben.wheeler@nebraska.gov

    • (308) 750-2652

    • Murray Laubhan

    • Zone Biologist,Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

    • murray_laubhan@fws.gov


    • Mike Estey

    • Habitat and Population Evaluation Team,Office of Conservation Science,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    • mike_estey@fws.gov


    • Matt Hough

    • Regional Biologist,Ducks Unlimited

    • mhough@ducks.org


    • Rich Walters, Jr.

    • Program Director,The Nature Conservancy

    • rwalters@tnc.org


    • Jeffrey S. Abegglen

    • Nebr. National Forest

    • jsabegglen@fs.fed.us

    • (308) 432-0314

    • Bruce Sackett

    • Land Specialist, Headwaters Corporation

    • sackettb@headwaterscorp.com