Wildcat Hills Wildlands Conservation Initiative

Project #: 1781  –   Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Summary

This project conserves and manages Nebraska’s critical Wildcat Hills habitats on both conservation-owned and private lands through partnerships and with support of local landowners and communities.

Location (by county):
Banner County (NE), Scotts Bluff County (NE)

Watersheds:
Pumpkin, Middle North Platte-Scotts Bluff

Congressional Districts:
NE District 03

Bird Conservation Regions:
Shortgrass Prairie

USFWS Regions:
Mountain Prairie Region

Project size:
17350.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Carter Canyon Ranch Yes
Bead Mountain Ranch Yes
Cedar Canyon Wildlife Managment Area Yes
Buffalo Creek Wildlife Management Area Yes

Full Project Description

This project conserves and manages Nebraska’s critical Wildcat Hills habitats on both conservation-owned and private lands through partnerships and with support of local landowners and communities.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Funding

We especially are in need of non-federal matching funds for various practices such as prescribed burning, pine thinning, nesting structures, and so much more.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Conservation Mission

Consistent with plans:

State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Alpine and Subalpine Habitats (Meadows, Parklands and Shrublands)
      • Grasslands

Targeted species:

  • White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
  • Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  • Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea
  • Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Brewer's Sparrow Spizella breweri
  • Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis
  • Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
  • Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  • Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
  • Bighorn Sheep Ovis canadensis
  • Fringe-tailed Myotis Myotis thysanodes pahasapensis
  • Swift Fox Vulpes velox
  • Matted Prickly-phlox Leptodactylon caespitosum

Actions

Project Actions
Conduct prescribed burns Show/Hide details
Control encroaching species Show/Hide details
Vertebrate monitoring Show/Hide details
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Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

Once annually we are surveying along a transect line, with established photo points, for avian wildlife species. Other wildlife species of note are documented as well.

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

Conducting prescribed burning in timber and ponderosa pine thinning is a new concept to most landowners. There is a reluctance to accept these conservation practices.

With this current project we have provided several examples to landowners as to what such practices look like, how they are conducted, and what they might expect on their own lands should they choose to participate.

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Organization

Platte River Basin Environments, Inc.
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Brad McKinney  (Coordinating Wildlife Biologist)
Pheasants Forever
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Partners

  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Foundation
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Playa Lakes Joint Venture
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Platte Valley Companies
  • Wildcat Audubon Chapter

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