In the wetlands of the Rainwater Basin and across Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairies, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners achieve habitat conservation through cooperation and sound science. Landowners, conservation organizations and government agencies work together through Joint Venture programs to provide habitat for millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife in this highly productive agricultural landscape.

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  • Sep

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

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  • 19
  • Jun

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

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Our partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which manage public lands for wildlife habitat. However, agriculture producers and other private landowners are indispensable partners in habitat conservation. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture offers private lands programs that can benefit both agriculture and wildlife.


Eight out of ten years, I could never get in there and harvest that low spot. Now I can just put it out of my mind.

Clay County Farmer

As livestock producers, we can get benefits out of the wetlands, but those benefits also help the wildlife, hunters, and the migration.

RWB Cattleman

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