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RWBJV: The First Twenty Years

September 2012 is the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the RWBJV’s first Implementation Plan. Earlier this year, in Prairie Fire Newspaper, we looked back at 20 years of conservation. Part I appears in the March 2012 issue; Part II is in April 2012.

USFWS Approves New Land Protection Plan in Rainwater Basin

Funk, Nebraska – A recently adopted Land Protection Plan will help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manage and improve more wetland habitat in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin, a region that provides spring migration habitat to millions of ducks, geese, shorebirds, and other birds each year. Under the new plan, the

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RWBJV Presents Wetland Stewardship Awards

Hastings – The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture presented three Wetland Stewardship Awards during its annual Informational Seminar on February 8. The award recognizes significant contributions to wetland conservation in the Rainwater Basin region of south-central Nebraska. Angie Biester and the late Gary Biester, of Clay County, were recipients of the

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17th Annual Informational Seminar is February 8

Grand Island — The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture will host its 17th annual Informational Seminar on Wednesday, February 8, at the Hastings Hotel and Convention Center, 2205 Osborne Drive East, in Hastings, Nebraska. The one-day seminar, which begins at 9:15, is an opportunity for landowners, agriculture producers, natural resource professionals,

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New Wetland Sediment Document Now Available

The recently completed Sedimentation of Nebraska’s Playa Wetlands: a Review of Current Knowledge and Issues, published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is available to download at www.NebraskaWetlands.com. The document discusses Nebraska’s playa wetlands and the process of sedimentation, and the effects of culturally accelerated sedimentation on wetland function.

Sanchez is New Rainwater Basin WMD Project Leader

August 19, 2011 Funk, Nebraska — Ronnie Sanchez is the new project leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District. Sanchez has worked for nineteen years for the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System, at refuges in Washington, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. He served as

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Rainwater Basin Featured in USFWS Project

The Rainwater Basin is one of fifty sites featured in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Open Spaces blog project, entitled “50 Stories, 50 States, 50 Days.” The stories included in the project highlight the effects of accelerating climate change on fish and wildlife around the country. The goal of

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Grants Will Improve Wetland Habitat in Rainwater Basin

Lincoln – Rainwater Basin wetlands and wildlife habitat will benefit from $338,373 in grants announced in April by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture will receive $150,000 for the Wetland Habitat, Restoration, and Protection grant, which will help increase the quality and quantity of the region’s wetland

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RWBJV/PLJV Research Symposium Abstracts Available

On March 16-17, the RWBJV and Playa Lakes Joint Venture co-hosted the Playa Wetland Research Symposium in Grand Island. More than eighty people attended, representing 23 natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, and universities in eleven states. The symposium was held in conjunction with the Waterbird Society’s annual conference. Abstracts of

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