In January, PLJV released its 2015 Annual Report, which features highlights from the past year and touches on the future direction of the Joint Venture. The report demonstrates how PLJV and its partners are responding to economic and social challenges by expanding monitoring throughout the western Great Plains, producing landscape design models that target habitat strategically, building capacity for habitat conservation through its grant program, restoring playas in New Mexico and the Texas panhandle for the benefit of wildlife and landowners alike, and gathering scientists to review how to communicate about playas role in groundwater recharge.
PLJV has developed a Playa Decision Support System (DSS), with tools for Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. These tools provide information to help conservation partners make decisions about where to focus their playa restoration efforts and guidance to developers on which are the most important playas to avoid when siting wind farms and other development. Users can download spatially explicit data, maps, and written guidance. Read More >>