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Ducks Unlimited just released a new documentary on the Southern Great Plains. IMG Ducks Unlimited

U.S.A. -( Aug. 20, 2020 – Ducks Unlimited released the latest film in its online series. In Southern Great Plains, DU Conserve Films travels Nebraska’s Platte River, exploring the region and its importance to wetlands conservation and migrating and wintering waterfowl.

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The Great Plains cover500 miles from east to west and 2000 miles north to south. All of the states of Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota are included, along with parts of eight other states and three Canadian provinces.

This film focuses on the Platte River area of Nebraska, the migration corridor for most of North America’s sandhill crane population. Over one million cranes pass through here on their way back to northern breeding grounds. It’s also home to part of the Ogallala Aquifer, a vast groundwater source covering 174,000 square miles and is the source for 30 percent of the irrigation groundwater in the U.S.

Terry Kostinec is Ducks Unlimited’s director of development for Nebraska and South Dakota.

“The Platte River is an important recharge point for the Ogallala Aquifer,” Kostinec said. “It’s important that all of us work together in Nebraska to conserve this water resource.”

DU is heavily involved in private wetlands restoration around the Platte River as DU Regional Biologist Tom Petersen explained.

“Ducks Unlimited has extensive programs here on the Platte River,” said Petersen. “The land is primarily privately owned, so in order to conserve those habitats, we work with those landowners.”

One of the ways private lands can be maintained for wetlands and waterfowl conservation is use of the conservation easement. This allows landowners to keep exclusive use of

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