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Nebraska Wildlands Work Day

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, home to big game and birds.

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Conservation Land Easements Brings Ducks Unlimited TV to area.

The ducks weren't flying Friday morning but the film kept rolling while Ducks Unlimited manager of conservation for Nebraska, suggested the program to DUTV because of conservation work taking place in the Panhandle.

"We have a great relationship with PRBE (Platte River Basin Environments)," Donovan said. "They have been doing a lot of great work here."

Donovan said the Platter River is very important to Ducks Unlimited and to Central Flyway as well. Since 97 percent of Nebraska's land is privately owned, there is a good chance that wildlife habitat could disappear if not protected DU has a program which...

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Platte River Basin Environments wins the Howard L. Wiegers Outstanding Wildlife Conservation Award

Platte River Basin Environments has taught Nebraska important lessons about achieving conservation.

Lesson one: Vision and a challenge can produce powerful 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

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 Nebraskan of the Year honor was just one of the dignitaries on hand Tuesday to congratulate Kosman. "Hod has done a lot of great things for a lot of people," Tom Osborne said.
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Pheasants Forever donation to help open up public land

Land that was once private property will soon be open to the public, thanks to the local chapter of Pheasants Forever.

On Monday, the Oregon Trail Chapter of Pheasants Forever presented the Platte River Basin Environments group with a check for $80,862.62. The money will be used to help the public enjoy the great outdoors.

The donation was raised through the chapter’s annual banquets along with a $40,000 grant match from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and in-kind donations from chapter members to rehabilitate property, said Oregon Trail Chapter of Pheasants Forever President Josh Jordening.

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Congratulations Hod!

Winner of Field and Stream’s 2008 “Heroes of Conservation”

Hod Kosman was tapped as the winner at the banquet held in New York City at the American Museum of Natural History.  As the winner... Hod received a new Toyota Tundra Pickup from Toyota. Plus, all seven honorees received $5,000.00, to use towards projects they are working on relating to conservation.

Congratulations Hod!  We are so proud of you.

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