Seventeen Playas Restored in Four States as Part of Demo Project

In December, PLJV finished a two-year playa restoration project, funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund, that filled pits in 17 playas in four states. Of those, 14 playas are on US Forest Service National Grasslands: four on Kiowa National Grassland in New Mexico, nine on Comanche National Grassland in Colorado, and one […]

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PLJV 2016 Annual Report Available

The 2016 Annual Report, which is now available in print and as a PDF, demonstrates how the PLJV partnership continues to respond to conservation challenges across the region. Beyond the annual financial statement and acreage accomplishments for conservation delivery, the report also highlights our collaboration with the City of Clovis, New Mexico, to incorporate playa […]

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Playas Can Help Provide Sustainable Future for Towns

Over the past year, PLJV has had the opportunity to work with city leaders and prominent landowners in Clovis, New Mexico, on a visionary plan that features playa conservation as an important aspect of ensuring ongoing groundwater recharge and a sustainable future for their community. With more than 300 playas surrounding their town, the community […]

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Ducks Unlimited Receives Grant to Conserve Kansas Playas and Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited was just awarded $859,500 from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) standard grant program to conserve prairie wetlands, including playas on private lands, in Kansas. This project is a continuation of successful wetland conservation efforts by many partners including Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Pheasants Forever, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands […]

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Middle School Students Help Inform Playa Conservation

Last month, PLJV staff gave a presentation about the Playa Modifications Assessment citizen science project to middle school students at Mackintosh Academy in Boulder, Colorado. After talking about the importance of playas to both wildlife and people of the western Great Plains, GIS Director Alex Daniels taught the class how to classify playa imagery by […]

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Playa Recharge Summit Provides Answers to Common Questions

Playas are a major source of recharge to the Ogallala Aquifer, contributing up to 95 percent of inflow of water to the aquifer and improving the quality of that water. For those who may have doubts, it was confirmed by 14 playa experts who participated in PLJV’s Playa Recharge Summit last November. The Summit was […]

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NAWCA Small Grants Help Conserve 790 Wetland Acres in PLJV Region

In February, the North American Wetland Conservation Council approved four NAWCA small grants for wetland conservation projects within the PLJV region: Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, Southwest Nebraska Playa Restoration, South Fork Republican River and Kiowa Creek Ranch Wetlands. Together, the projects will restore or enhance 790 wetland acres, including nearly 500 acres of playas, in […]

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Partners Launch Texas Playa Conservation Initiative

Earlier this year, conservation partners launched a Texas Playa Conservation Initiative with partner meetings in Amarillo and Lubbock to discuss how to increase playa conservation efforts in the Texas Panhandle. Participants included representatives from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Ducks Unlimited, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), US Fish and Wildlife […]

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What’s the Big Deal About Pits?

You may have seen the photos, or heard people talk, of deep holes dug in the basin of a playa or long ditches that siphon the water into the pit or another nearby drainage area. But what’s the big deal? Why should we care? The issue is that these modifications interrupt playas’ natural hydrology, reduce […]

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Texas Tech Develops Interactive Tool for Wetlands Conservation

In August, Texas Tech University’s Center for Geospatial Technology released a new Playa and Wetlands Database and web application for wetlands within a 52-county area that overlies the Ogallala Aquifer in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico (see map). Together the geodata and web application can be used to support decisions concerned with water management and […]

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