Ducks Unlimited and the Platte River Basin Environments Inc.
(PRBE) have a rich history of cooperative wetland conservation work along the North Platte River
in western Nebraska. The future is also bright for this partnership. In September, 2012, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
notified PRBE that they approved the North Platte River Wetlands project proposal. This approval will grant $1 million to restore and protect important wetland habitat along the river.
The grant will fund several key conservation easements
to be held by DU. The easement projects will protect more than 1,000 acres of habitat used by hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese and other migratory birds and wildlife. The grant also includes funding for two fee acquisition projects, including the Tottenhoff property, an addition to the large Spotted Tail Wetlands Complex owned by PRBE.
"The Tottenhoff property offers another outstanding opportunity to restore needed wetlands along the North Platte River. I’m excited to work on this project and restore additional wetlands on the Spotted Tail Complex," said Andrew Rieschick, DU engineer for the project. Rieschick has completed a preliminary engineering analysis on the site and was instrumental in completing an earlier phase of the project.
DU has focused conservation efforts on the Spotted Tail Complex
for more than 10 years. To date, conservation work here has resulted in acquisition and complete restoration of more than 1,000 acres of critically important waterfowl habitat. The Spotted Tail Complex is open to a variety of public activities, including hunting.