Improving Farm Bill Programs Associated with Playa Wetland and Ogallala Aquifer Conservation

Project Description

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture is undertaking policy work and engagement with national and state level personnel at the USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Conservation Service to increase Farm Bill program applicability for playa and aquifer conservation in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Morton County, KS
Project Size:
  • 1572.89 miles

Project Sites

  • Southern High Plains

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit
  • Conservation Mission
  • Financial Incentive

Primary Goals:

  • A National Level Memorandum of Agreement with the USDA Farm Service Agency-This goal was achieved
    Progress: A National Level Memorandum of Agreement with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service-We are still working toward this goal.
  • Develop local tours in each of the six states in the PLJV geographic area for Congressmen and their staff
    Progress: Congressman Jerry Moran of the 1st District in KS had his tour on April 7-8, 2009-We are still working towards tours in the other five states' congressional districts.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Other
  • Species Recovery Plan
  • Nature Conservancy Ecoregional Plan
  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Grasslands
    • Shrublands and Steppe
  • Special Types
    • Deserts, Playas and Ash Beds

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses In Progress 2009 2015


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions for Similar Activities
The major lesson relearned is that policy changes come slowly, are driven by repeated information delivery and demonstration of outcomes, and are highly dependent upon establishing long-term networks and working relationships within government and with congressional offices at both the local, state, and Washington, DC levels.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Playa Lakes Joint Venture
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Barth Crouch (Conservation Policy Director)
Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Inc.

General Information

Project #: 1762
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


Bureau of Land Management
Colorado Division of Wildlife
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
KS Dept. of Wildlife and Parks
NE Game and Parks Commission
New Mexico Game and Fish Dept.
Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation
Pheasants Forever, INC.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
The Nature Conservancy
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service
USDA-Farm Service Agency
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service


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