During spring migration, RWBJV and partner staff conducted 24 aerial whooping crane surveys in the western basins. The flight survey period began at the end of February, a week ahead of schedule, due to an uncharacteristically early migration. During a flight in early April, four whooping cranes were observed on
Conservation partners across Nebraska pitched in to help when Pheasants Forever organized a campaign recently to meet with landowners statewide and speak with them about the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). CRP is a voluntary conservation program that offers environmental benefits such as erosion control and wildlife habitat while providing annual
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
Cattle producers who engage in wetland grazing programs or who work with public land agencies in the Rainwater Basin may avail themselves of a portable livestock corral and handling equipment through a no-cost lease. The Little Blue Natural Resources District, in partnership with the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, maintains a
LINCOLN, Jan. 22, 2016 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has entered into an agreement with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever, Audubon Nebraska and others through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to help improve grazing land and habitat for grassland birds. The Grassland Bird
The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture will host its 21st annual Informational Seminar on Tuesday, February 9, at the Midtown Holiday Inn, 2503 S. Locust Street, Grand Island. The one-day seminar is an opportunity for landowners, agriculture producers, natural resource professionals, and other interested individuals to learn about and discuss conservation
The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture has named Ele Nugent of Grand Island as the partnership’s new Habitat Specialist. Nugent will assist the Joint Venture in planning and coordinating the restoration and management of wetlands throughout the Rainwater Basin region. She will also work with Rainwater Basin landowners and agriculture producers
Mark your calendar for February 9, and plan to attend the 2016 RWBJV Informational Seminar in Grand Island, Nebraska. The theme of next year’s seminar will be the Joint Venture’s expanded role in supporting conservation throughout Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairie region. The agenda and registration details will be available in January.
LINCOLN, Oct. 23, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $30 million to projects in six states – including Nebraska – to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are funded under the Natural Resources
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.