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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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Updates To The Private Land Programs Manual

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) recently updated the Private Land Programs Manual to help highlight the conservation programs that are available to landowners. The main goal of the update was to design a document that could be a go-to source for landowners to find which programs work best for

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Ritch Nelson Receives Runner Up In Nationwide Award

Wildlife Biologist Ritch Nelson received runner up in the nationwide NRCS State Biologist of the Year Award.   Nelson’s supervisor, Britt Weiser, said, “Ritch is the consummate technical professional. He has broad expertise in the biology discipline and combines this with excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate great working relationships with employees,

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New Communications Assistant Hired to Support RWBJV

  Brody Vorderstrasse started June 1st with Central Platte Natural Resources District as a Communications Assistant. Brody is originally from Glenvil, Nebraska. During his childhood Brody participated in 4-H showing cattle, sheep, and horses. He also spent a lot of time in the outdoors hunting deer, turkeys, and snow geese.

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RWBJV Receives Almost $1 Million from Nebraska Environmental Trust for Five Grants

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV), an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation, received funding for five grants totaling $958,700 from Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) in 2019. Together, the grants benefit farmers, ranchers, wildlife, wetlands and grasslands, as well as the Ogallala Aquifer. For instance, Western Basin Restorations: Improving Waterfowl

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Time Lapse Videos of Wetland Restorations Posted

Following a wetland restoration, it takes months or years to see the return of seasonal water and wetland vegetation. In three time lapse videos of 20-40 seconds, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission documented changes seen over three years. Two of the videos are from Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area

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Shanda Spurgeon Receives 2019 Conservation Professional of the Year Award

Shanda Spurgeon received the 2019 Conservation Professional of the Year Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Spurgeon worked as a Resource Conservationist in Adams and Phelps County, tirelessly promoting the Wetland Reserve and Agriculture Conservation Easement Programs to private

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Little Blue NRD Receives 2019 Conservation Partner of the Year Award

Little Blue Natural Resources District received the 2019 Conservation Partner of the Year Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Little Blue Natural Resources District (LBNRD) has been a cornerstone partner for the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture since 1991, according

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Dale Seidel Receives 2019 Landowner Stewardship Award

Dale Seidel, a landowner in Garfield County, received a Landowner Stewardship Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Seidel was nominated by Ben Wheeler of Pheasants Forever because of his commitment to using prescribed fire in collaboration with his neighbors

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