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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 projects and programs to provide habitat for millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife in this highly productive agricultural landscape.

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Cattle Ranching and Healthy Wetlands: A Match Made in the Sandhills

The National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) is a program that comprehensively maps wetland footprints and other water bodies throughout the United States. The NWI was initiated in the mid-1970s by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, these data are primarily used to aid in conservation, planning, and research efforts. The

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Wetland Restoration: Combining Agriculture and Conservation

For many landowners in south central Nebraska, conservation and agriculture go hand in hand.  But for two farmers in south central Nebraska, conservation and agriculture mean different things.  For one, it means creating a more economical farming operation.  For the other, it means creating more wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.  Despite differing end goals, these two landowners came together to create a better future for the next

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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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