PLJV Releases 2015 Annual Report

2015 PLJV Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report demonstrates how PLJV is responding to economic and social challenges by expanding monitoring throughout the region, 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, and gathering […]


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 […]


The Power of One

Tish McDaniel

The power of one person, in the right place, at the right time, cannot be underestimated. Tish McDaniel, a range conservation scientist for CEHMM (The Center of Excellence) and a recent recipient of the Hamerstrom Award, is a prime example. She is the first to admit that at times it was like pushing against a […]


“Best Bang for the Buck” in Conservation

Duck Stamp

Any person who hunts ducks, geese, swans or brant, and is 16 or older, must carry a current Duck Stamp — or Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp — but that’s not the only reason to buy a stamp. For only $25 you can help secure vital breeding, stopover, and wintering habitats for waterfowl and […]


New Mapping Tool Shows Woody Encroachment in LEPC Habitat

A new woody encroachment data layer — available through the Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) web map — provides a broad-scale planning tool for resource managers to more effectively target Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LEPC) habitat improvement strategies. The data depict the extent and canopy cover of woody encroachment across the bird’s five-state range, […]


PLJV Receives National Conservation Award

2015 Wings Across the Americas Award

On March 11, Playa Lakes and Rainwater Basin Joint Ventures received the 2015 Wings Across the Americas Award for habitat conservation partnerships during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. The national award, given by the U.S. Forest Service, recognizes a partner whose work benefits a species or group of species […]


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 […]


Two NAWCA Grants Help Restore Kansas Wetlands

In November, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved 24 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants, two of which are funding projects within the PLJV region. Ducks Unlimited received two $1 million grants for projects that will provide 15,680 acres of bird habitat in Kansas and Nebraska. “We are thrilled to see these projects funded,” […]


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 […]


ConocoPhillips Grants Worth More Than Face Value

The PLJV ConocoPhillips grant program has supported habitat conservation for nearly 25 years, investing over $2.2 million into more than 260 projects around the PLJV region, with most of those projects providing habitat through traditional restoration or protection activities. Although ConocoPhillips grants are relatively small, $25,000 or less, they can provide greater value when used […]