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Working with Partners to Conserve Birds and Bird Habitat


PLJV Region, Playas and the Ogallala Aquifer

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) is a regional partnership of federal and state wildlife agencies, conservation groups and private industry dedicated to conserving bird habitat throughout the western Great Plains — including portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Our mission is to conserve the playas, prairies and landscapes of the western Great Plains through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. We provide science-based planning tools, decision support tools and outreach to help habitat managers become more efficient and effective at delivering on-the-ground conservation. Read more about PLJV >>

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Playas & Soil Health: Cover Crops
Playa wetlands benefit from practices that result in good soil health. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says there are four principles to improving soil health: 1) keep soil covered as much as possible; 2) disturb the soil as little as possible; 3) keep plants growing throughout the year to feed the soil; and 4) diversify as much as possible using crop rotation and cover crops.

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Tools to Help Prioritize Playas

Playa Lakes Joint Venture is developing a Playa Decision Support System (DSS), which will help to maximize the conservation of playas by guiding conservation actions toward and potential negative impacts away from the most ecologically valuable playas. Learn more >>

Download Recharge Publications

If your organization is doing outreach on playa conservation or talking about aquifer recharge to farmers, ranchers, irrigators, and other stakeholders in the western Great Plains, PLJV can help by supplying educational materials. Download publications >>

Tips on Applying for a NAWCA Small Grant

Applying for a North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant may seem daunting, but preparing a proposal for the small grant program may be easier than you think. Read more >>

PHOTO CREDIT: Top photos provided courtesy of Tom Grey.