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, […]

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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 […]

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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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Graduate Student Conducts Research on Snowy Plover

An increasingly crowded world has spilled over into the Texas Southern High Plains, and the effects are contributing to population declines of a small bird that relies on the region’s saline lakes for survival. The snowy plover, a shorebird about six inches in length, uses regional saline lakes for nesting and as stopover habitats during […]

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Research Sheds Light on Regional Impacts to Playas

PLJV routinely states that there are approximately 80,000 playas found throughout the region—but recognizes that many are partially or no longer functional because of modifications from agricultural activities and other economic developments. Estimates of numbers of playas modified and differences among regions have been largely speculative. However, two recent papers have shed light on the […]

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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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The Duck Stamp — Not Just for Hunters

If you think the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly called the Duck Stamp, is just for waterfowl hunters, think again! Whether you like to hunt, bird, photograph wildlife and scenery, collect stamps, or conserve habitat, you’ll want to purchase this stamp. When you buy a $15 Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, as much as $14.70 […]

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Seven Reasons to Buy a Duck Stamp

Buying a Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp is a simple and direct way for people to contribute to grassland and wetland conservation. Here are a few more reasons to buy a Stamp today. 1. A bargain at $15. The Stamp costs only $15, with 98% (or $14.70) going toward conservation. And it’s easy to purchase — nearly […]

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