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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Region-wide Monitoring Effort to Inform Habitat Targeting and Evaluation

This year, PLJV joined a region-wide bird monitoring effort. The program, called Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR), is a large partnership-driven program that uses state-of-the-art approaches for the entire process, from the sampling design to how it reports results. The implementation of this program within the PLJV region is called IMBCR for PLJV. […]

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Prescribed Burning Liability Insurance Now Available

Oklahoma burn training

The Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association (OPBA) recently reached one of their long-term objectives: making prescribed burning liability insurance available to Oklahoma landowners. The Bramlett Agency of Ardmore, Oklahoma, now offers liability insurance for the protection of landowners and lessees who have a burn plan prepared. This coverage, which is affordable and can be used in […]

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Land Trusts Reach Out to Ranchers

Three land trusts — Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), Ranchland Trust of Kansas and Texas Agricultural Land Trust — are working together to increase awareness of conservation easements and other conservation options in the private ranching communities of Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The private ranchlands in these areas support some of the largest […]

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Grassland Important for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Programs like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provide important habitat for Lesser Prairie-Chicken; that is widely recognized by land managers across the region. However, few scientific studies have documented the importance of CRP to maintaining this species. In addition, those involved in habitat conservation efforts also often invoke the need for “large blocks of habitat” […]

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors Through Prescribed Burn Associations

Neighbors helping neighbors is a proud tradition in the western Great Plains — from community barn raisings to moving cattle. Prescribed burn associations are a modern manifestation of that long-lived pioneer tradition. They are composed of ranchers and farmers, and their neighbors, relatives and friends who work together to bring back another ancient tradition, fire, […]

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Evolution of the U.S. Farm Bill

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) spends considerable time working with Farm Bill conservation programs—from conservation delivery and policy staff who spend time working with partners to ensure more effective on-the-ground application of the programs to the science staff who develop biologically-based decision support tools to site these programs for the most effective and efficient […]

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Grassland Bird Habitat Supported Through Prescribed Fire Councils

Native Americans used fire to manage rangeland for thousands of years, but a hundred-year burning hiatus followed European settlement of the North American heartland. Those decades of fire suppression allowed invasive plants to negatively alter the landscape. Now, rangeland researchers and managers are proponents of burning, when done safely and in a controlled setting. In […]

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Partners Help Texas Landowner Restore Playas

When Jan Minton inherited her great-grandfather’s farm in Floyd County, Texas, she knew she was going to need some help. As a former Natural Resources Conservation Service biologist, she understands that ranching and protecting the natural ecosystem are not mutually exclusive. Wanting to restore the wetlands on the property, she reached out to the D.M […]

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