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USDA Provides $4.6 Million to Protect and Restore Agricultural Working Lands, Grasslands and Wetlands Across Nebraska. Applications due May 1

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch land remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands and grasslands, home to

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Portable Corral Available for RWB Wetland Grazing

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

Funding Available to Fill Irrigation Reuse Pits

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide cost-share to area producers through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program to fill abandoned irrigation reuse pits in the watersheds of priority wetlands located in the Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex in south-central Nebraska. Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners have additional cost-share dollars available

RWBJV Presents Wetland Stewardship Awards

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture presented its Wetland Stewardship Award to three recipients at the 20th annual Informational Seminar in Grand Island on February 10. The award recognizes significant contributions to wetland and habitat conservation in the Rainwater Basin and Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairie regions. One award went to Tim Smith

RWBJV and PLJV Receive National Conservation Award

Grand Island – The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture is a recipient of the 2015 Wings Across the Americas Award for habitat conservation partnerships. The national award, given by the U.S. Forest Service, recognizes a USFS partner whose work benefits a species or group of species through significant habitat improvements. The

RWBJV Informational Seminar Agenda Available Online

Grand Island – The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture will host its 20th annual Informational Seminar on Tuesday, February 10 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

RWBJV Info Seminar is February 10, 2015

Mark your calendar for the 20th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar. The one-day seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Grand Island’s  Midtown Holiday Inn. Agenda information will be available in January.

RWBJV Has New Science Coordinator

Grand Island — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has hired Dana M. Varner, Ph.D., as the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture’s Science Coordinator to help plan, design, and develop science-based conservation programs in Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairie region. Varner holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University and earned her M.S. in

NARD Receives Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant for RWB Conservation

(Lincoln, NE)- The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts has been awarded $60,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a project that will assist landowners with wetland conservation on private lands in the Rainwater Basin. Through this grant the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts will continue to work with the Rainwater

Little Blue NRD Receives NET Grant to Improve Rainwater Basin Wetlands

The Little Blue Natural Resources District will receive $135,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a project to improve the function of Rainwater Basin wetlands. This is a second-year award, with potential third-year funding of an additional $135,000. The “Watershed Restoration to Enhance Rainwater Basin Wetlands” grant is helping to

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