Prescribed fire benefits New Mexico’s land and wildlife

The last week in February, a group of landowners gathered in Roosevelt County, New Mexico to watch fire management teams burn 1,700 acres of land. The event was part of a prescribed burn in the area, meant to mitigate the effects of wildfires while also creating ideal habitat for Lesser Prairie-Chicken and other grassland birds […]

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NRCS Awards $1.4 Million to Support Local Water Sustainability Project

A new enterprise to address declining aquifer levels will soon be available in Wichita and Greeley counties. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing $1.4 million in a partner-driven Groundwater Recharge and Sustainability Project (GRASP) to support local communities through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The project has an additional $1.5 million in […]

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Ranchland Trust of Kansas Executive Director Talks Conservation and Grant

The executive director of Ranchland Trust of Kansas, PLJV’s recent capacity grant awardee, took time recently to discuss the organization’s project goals, what she hopes will come from the work, and her thoughts on capacity grants. (The interview has been edited for length and clarity.) PLJV: What made you think Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) […]

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Partnership’s Accomplishments Highlighted in 2019 Annual Report

PLJV’s 2019 annual report is now available, and we’d like to thank all of our partners! In addition to developing new tools for the benefit of our partnership and regional communities, such as an interactive playa map and landowner films, PLJV continued to work with partners on Playa Conservation Initiatives in Texas, New Mexico and […]

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Kansas Partners Leverage Funding for Large-scale Invasive Removal

Before and after the removal of invasive non-native plants including Russian olive and tamarisk. Courtesy of Kansas Partners for Fish and Wildlife. Over the last couple of years, the USFWS Kansas Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program along with numerous partners have been successfully leveraging funding sources — including a NAWCA small grant and a […]

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Nearly 9,000 Acres of Playas Enrolled in Migratory Bird SAFE

In September, the USDA Farm Service Agency accepted 167 offers, totally 8,988 acres of playas and surrounding uplands, into the Migratory Bird, Butterfly, and Pollinator Habitat State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (Migratory Bird SAFE) practice. Of those offers, 125 of them were in western Kansas and 42 in western Nebraska. “It’s really gratifying to watch […]

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PLJV Develops Landscape Design Conservation Plan for Texas Landowner

Over the past year, PLJV has been working with Barrett and Carol Pierce to develop a landscape design conservation plan for their property, Rio Farms, in Texas. After a full-day, in-person meeting to discuss objectives and gather information, the PLJV team worked closely with the landowners to create a powerful framework to guide conservation efforts […]

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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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