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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

    • Andy Bishop

    • Coordinator, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture

    • andy_bishop@fws.gov

    • (308) 380-8691

    • Tim McCoy, Chair

    • Deputy Director, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

    • tim.mccoy@nebraska.gov


    • Bob Bettger

    • Fillmore County Landowner

    • rebettger@gmail.com


    • Ardell Epp

    • Hamilton County Landowner

    • aepp@hamilton.net


    • Ken Feather

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

    • kfeather@upperbigblue.org


    • Dave Raffety/Joe Bilka

    • Director, Tri-Basin Natural Resources District

    • david.raffety@yahoo.com


    • Steve Shaw

    • Clay County cattleman representing Little Blue NRD

    • kmsha611@hotmail.com


    • Mel Taylor

    • Fillmore County Landowner

    • mtaylor@fmbmilligan.com


    • John C. Denton

    • Nebraska Manager of Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited

    • jdenton@ducks.org

    • 308-258-4682

    • Rich Walters, Jr.

    • Director of Stewardship, The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska

    • rwalters@tnc.org


    • 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


    • Mike Bantam

    • District Director, USDA, Harlan County, Nebraska

    • mike.bantam@ne.usda.gov


    • Brian Smith

    • Region 6 Chief, Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    • brian_w_smith@fws.gov


       

    Technical Committee

       

    • Andy Bishop

    • Coordinator, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture

    • andy_bishop@fws.gov

    • (308) 380-8691

    • 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

    • Greg Wright

    • US Forest Service

    • gregorywright@fs.fed.us

    • (308) 432-0314

    • Bruce Sackett

    • Land Specialist, Headwaters Corporation

    • sackettb@headwaterscorp.com

    • (402) 450-3527

    • Erica Gnuse

    • Biologist, Ducks Unlimited

    • egnuse@ducks.org


    • Chris Helzer

    • Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska

    • chelzer@tnc.org


    • Jessica Herrmann

    • Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Nebraska Cattlemen

    • jherrmann@necattlemen.org


    • Brad Krohn

    • Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District Project Leader, USFWS

    • brad_krohn@fws.gov


    • Nate Munter

    • Land Resources Manager, Tri-Basin Natural Resources District

    • nmunter@tribasinnrd.org


    • Orien Richmond

    • Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    • orien_richmond@fws.gov


    • David Sands

    • Executive Director, Nebraska Land Trust

    • dsands@nelandtrust.org

    • (402) 438-5263

    • Jennifer Schellpeper

    • Division Head, Water Planning, Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources

    • jennifer.schellpeper@nebraska.gov

    • (402) 471-2899

    • Jennifer Swanson

    • NRD/NDEQ Liaison, Nebraska Assoc. of Resource Districts

    • JSwanson@nrdnet.org

    • (402) 471-2219