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  • Platte River Basin Environments
    birds Watch the Video Platte River Basin Environments Youth Mentor Hunt More information to come Download the Application Providing Access to Carefully Managed Nebraska Wildlands Field Stream s 2008 Conservation Hero of the Year Hod Kosman and Scottsbluff residents of all ages collaborated on an annual workday to maintain and enhance protected Nebraska wildlands Conservation Land Easements Brings Ducks Unlimited TV to area The ducks weren t flying Friday morning

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : About Us
    habitat and natural areas within the North Platte River basin and adjacent drainages with a commitment to applying sound environmental science to determining projects to be undertaken restoration work to be completed enhancements to be done and areas to be conserved and preserved PRBE has a commitment to utilize community resources through volunteer efforts and involvement of other concerned organizations and groups PRBE partners with many conservation organizations and government

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlife Habitat Lands
    Maps Wildlife Habitat Lands Montz Ranch Carter Canyon Cedar Canyon WMA Bead Mountain Ranch Buffalo Creek WMA TNC Murphy Ranch Chadron Creek WMA Horse Creek Kiowa Wetlands WMA Spotted Tail Diamond Bit South Mitchell Faucus Springs WMA Montz Ranch Carter Canyon Cedar Canyon WMA Bead Mountain Ranch Buffalo Creek WMA TNC Murphy Ranch Chadron Creek WMA Horse Creek Kiowa Wetlands WMA Spotted Tail Diamond Bit South Mitchell Faucus Springs WMA

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlands Initiative
    by this vegetation and the unique topography is further enhanced by its location in the middle of the continental ecotone between eastern and western bird species and the ecotone between the Central Short Grass Prairie and the Northern Great Plains Steppe Consequently the Wildcat Hills ecosystem has been designated as a Biologically Unique Landscape by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission NGPC and a Portfolio Site by The Nature Conservancy TNC Integrity of this ecosystem has been conserved largely because ranchers maintained the wide open spaces within and bordering the hills The advanced age of many ranch owners and an exponential increase in rural housing development pressure predispose much of the WHW to fragmentation and loss of critical habitat The cost of purchasing land in the WHW is well beyond the net income potential of beef production The opportunity to maintain the geographic scale of wildlands needed to sustain all of the native species in the WHW will be lost without the immediate joint effort of ranch owners individuals corporations and agencies who are dedicated to the conservation of this endangered ecosystem Our land ethic should reflect a balance between the growth of our region and the critical needs of our natural landscape and its flora and fauna If we are successful the Wildcat Hills will also remain an important natural amenity contributing to a high quality of life for Scottsbluff Gering other neighboring communities and the people of Nebraska Mission Vision To conserve the beauty and the many indigenous life forms of the WHW our mission is to maintain enhance and restore native plant communities and the full diversity of wildlife they support Our vision is to develop a unique collaborative process by which the NGPC Platte River Basin Environments Inc PRBE TNC future land owner partners conservation organizations

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Education
    the Nebraska Natural Legacy Plan as it contains both short grass prairie wetlands and montaine shrubland ecosystems and their respective species The focal point of the park is the Wildcat Hills Nature Center a 2 story educational facility built in 1995 by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission with lots of local financial support Located within the Center proudly stands a 2 story Ponderosa Pine replica and beautiful murals by local artist Mary Hunt of the Wildcat Hills and nearby Buffalo Creek Wildlife Management Area depicting their native flora fauna Throughout the Nature Center you will find wonderful bird viewing and mounts of indigenous hawks eagles and owls In the lower level of the nature center is a diorama of mammals including the recently re introduced big horn sheep Canada lynx bobcat and smaller mammals There is also an aquarium of local fish and a live beehive as well as many interactive educational displays The newest additions to the Nature Center are fossil collections of western Nebraska on loan from the University of Nebraska State Museum The focal fossil is Loren Eiseley s Innocent Assassins sabertooth cats of 25 million years ago one s fang remains in death imbedded in the scapula of the other Next to the cats is a panorama painting by renowned artist Jan Vriesen of the animals and plants that would have been found 23 million years ago within the region as discovered at the nearby Millennium s End Quarry by Nebraska Department of Roads Highway Salvage Palonetologists Bruce Bailey Shane Tucker Over 60 different animals were discovered at the site with 8 of them new to science Educational programming is available year round from the staff Outdoor Education Specialist The Nature Center and State Recreation Area are visited each year by thousands of people and

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : News & Events
    results Lesson two Wildlife conservation costs money but money alone can t buy conservation Lesson three Never hesitate to seek help In the last 20 years Platte River Basin Environments has conserved 30 000 acres of wildlife habitat in the Nebraska Panhandle Those lands not only support a biologically unique ecosystem and an assortment of wildlife species they re open to public use Hod Kosman 2010 Nebraskan of the Year Hod Kosman has combined a love of wildlife with a dying friend s wish to create a natural legacy for all Nebraskans His innovative Platte River Basin Environments Inc has helped conserve about 30 000 acres of biologically unique landscapes in what s known as the Wildcat Hills of the Nebraska Panhandle The wildlands are open to public hiking wildlife watching fishing and hunting The Scottsbluff banker s conservation leadership along with a long record of other civic involvement prompted the Rotary Club of Lincoln to name Kosman the 23rd Annual Nebraskan of the Year This is just a tremendous honor and I m very very grateful he said Tuesday afternoon during a banquet at Embassy Suites attended by 258 Kosman a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln is president of Platte Valley Cos a financial services firm with nine subsidiaries in Nebraska and Wyoming His civic and community involvement has included leadership in the banking industry education health care and the arts In 1989 his friend Clive Ostenberg left a large financial gift to Ducks Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy The groups could have used the money elsewhere but Kosman persuaded them to join an effort to conserve land in the Wildcat Hills where Ostenberg loved to hunt Platte River Basin Environments was formed as a nonprofit organization committed to using a science based approach to identify acquire and conserve threatened habitat The group s first project was a 600 acre wetland The organization since has spent millions saving thousands of acres of land near the North Platte River and its drainages Residential development particularly in the form of so called ranchettes represents a growing threat to the scenic landscapes southwest of Scottsbluff The tracts also have provided public access to the North Platte River a natural resource under tremendous demand by private buyers During his acceptance speech Kosman presented a slideshow featuring the wild beauty of the region including wildflowers waterfowl mule deer elk and bighorn sheep And he described his beloved Wildcat Hills The hills and grasslands spring fed canyons wooded escarpments and spacious skies of western Nebraska The organization pays real estate and property taxes on the lands And it uses cattle grazing not only as a grassland management tool but also because it helps support the regional ag economy And the group works with dozens of partners including the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Environmental Trust Kosman s work has been recognized nationally most notably in 2008 when Field Stream Magazine named him a conservation hero A fellow winner of the

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Wildlife Projects
    Badger Den North Platte Valley Black Capped Chickadee Black tailed Weasel Burrowing Owls on a Prairie Dog Town Untitled Elk in Velvet Mule Deer Pronghorn Herd River Otter Adult Male Along North Platte River River Otter Pup and Adult Along North Platte River Bighorn Sheep Swift Fox Pup Mule Deer Doe Yellow Legs and Glossy Ibis on North Platte Marsh Sharptail Grouse Sandhill Cranes at Faucus Springs Lark Bunting Sharp

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  • Platte River Basin Environments : Contact Us
    interested in contributing volunteering or if you have any questions about what we do please contact us All fields required Your Name Your Email Message Contact Information Hod Kosman P O Box 2308 Scottsbluff NE 69363 2308 Phone 888 632

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