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Old 12-29-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Mountain-Prairie Region: Fish and Wildlife Service


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The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to expand protection of critical migratory bird wetland and grassland habitats in the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska. The proposed expansion would be accomplished by acquiring land from willing sellers and establishing perpetual conservation easements .

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The Rainwater Basin is internationally known for its spectacular bird migrations. Millions of ducks and geese depend on this area, as 50 percent of the continental mallard population, 30 percent of the continental pintail population, and 90 percent of the mid-continent white-fronted goose population use the region during spring migration. In addition, over 329 species of birds have been observed within the Rainwater Basin including 35 species of waterfowl and 40 species of shorebirds. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 shorebirds migrate through the Rainwater Basin in the spring.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:17 PM   #2
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Admirable although perpetual conservation easements alone can not provide our wetlands with the resources to recharge.

I believe it is time for us to begin proactively protecting our freshwater. Without water protection, we will lose ecological services wetlands provide. We will be left with waterless wetlands.

Simply stated, the acquisition of land alone is not enough when we permit straws in our freshwater. Our aquifers are not keeping up with freshwater losses.
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