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AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Photos: Salazar Spotlights Nebraska’s Conservation of Sandhill Cranes, Waterfowl at Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District


March 17, 2011

GIBBON, NE -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today toured portions of the Rainwater Basin and the Platte River that serve as vital stopover areas for millions of migrating birds, including a wet meadow restoration project at Rowe Sanctuary that will provide habitat for the sandhill crane and other wildlife.


  • Gene Mack, Project Leader, Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visit this area of particular importance near the Platte River in southeast Nebraska.
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  • Salazar toured the Funk and Clark Waterfowl Production Areas, two of 60 prominent wetland areas within the Rainwater Basin that are owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • The Secretary scopes out the vast area of wetlands.  Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Landowner Steve Nelson points across the wetlands with Secretary Salazar on his side. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Nelson, Secretary Salazar, and FWS Representative Laurel Badura chat while on the shores of the Platte River. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Nelson and Secretary Salazar discuss conservation issues in southeast Nebraska. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar highlights conservation efforts in the southeast Nebraska wetlands as Audubon Nebraska Row Sanctuary Manager Bill Taddicken, Mountain-Prairie Regional Director Steve Guertin, FWS Representative Gene Mack, and FWS Director Dan Ashe look on. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar highlighted the important contributions of partners such as Ducks Unlimited, Nebraska Game and Parks, and Tri-Basin Natural Resources District in conserving and restoring habitat in the region. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • A local farmer shows Secretary Salazar aerial photos of the area. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • “The kind of conservation partnership that we have in Nebraska is the heart and soul of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative,” Salazar said. “The Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District is a model for conservation in the 21st century, built from the ground up and with a view toward healthy lands, waters, wildlife and economies.” Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Flocks of sandhill cranes descend upon the Rowe Sanctuary along the Platte River in southeast Nebraska. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar reflects on the sandhill crane migration at Rowe Sanctuary. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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