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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Partners Begin Restoring Texas Playas

Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) staff have been busy recruiting landowners to participate in the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, which is designed to restore the natural function of playas by backfilling pits and trenches in playas surrounded by grass—at no cost to landowners. The partners currently have contracts to restore approximately 400 acres of playas […]

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Colorado Upland Bird SAFE Sold Out in Six Days

Earlier this year, conservation partners in Colorado received word that a new Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) SAFE practice for upland birds was approved, with 20,000 acres allocated for a nine-county area in the northeastern part of the state. Within six days of the program opening, all 20,000 acres were enrolled, with most people choosing […]

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Studying the Human Dimensions of CRP Participation

Why do landowners participate in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)? To what extent do landowners who no longer participate in CRP continue to manage their land as grass versus plow it out? What do landowners need that would help catalyze their land stewardship after their participation in CRP ends? These questions are the focus […]

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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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