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Project Update – Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area

(Posted 9/17) The Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and is located one mile northwest from the town of Atlanta in Phelps County, Nebraska. This WPA was purchased in 1964 and encompasses 1,147 acres, including a 488-acre playa wetland surrounded by

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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,

Featured Project – Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area

Atlanta, Nebraska may not be a destination for most people, but Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) will be a spring migration destination after this year’s extensive wetland and watershed restoration.  Atlanta WPA is owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and is one of the largest

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,

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.

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

Vegetation Management Activities Maintain Healthy Wetland Habitat

Vegetation management is a necessary component of wetland conservation in the Rainwater Basin region. Historically, these wetlands were regularly disturbed by fire and intensive grazing from bison and other ungulate species. If these natural disturbances are not replaced by human-directed management, such as cattle grazing, controlled burns, and herbicide spraying,

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