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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Two $1 Million Grants Support Wetland Conservation in Colorado and Kansas

Earlier this year, Ducks Unlimited was awarded two $1 million grants for wetland habitat conservation and restoration in Colorado and Kansas from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) standard grant program. Both grants will help Ducks Unlimited and its partners continue providing important wetland and grassland habitat for migratory birds. “Water, especially, is a […]

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PLJV + ConocoPhillips: 25 Years of Habitat Conservation

In 1990, shortly after Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) was formed, ConocoPhillips joined the Management Board and helped to create the business foundation of our operations. Twenty-five years later, we celebrate this collaboration which has helped provide 68,000 acres of habitat throughout the region, benefiting 66 priority bird species including Whooping Crane, Greater and Lesser […]

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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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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,” […]

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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 […]

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ConocoPhillips Grant Helps Restore Riparian Habitat

Over the past several years, the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been working with private landowners to restore more than 1,000 acres of wet meadow, riparian woodland, and mixed-grass prairie along the Upper Niobrara River in Nebraska. With the help of a PLJV ConocoPhillips grant, the partners recently […]

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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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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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