Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area

in Phelps County
520x222 Atlanta - Jones Vicinity Maps

Recent Management: Atlanta contains a large wetland basin which requires a large runoff event to provide adequate water for migratory waterfowl. For this reason, the basin is dry in many low-moisture years. The property contains one well, which is unable to provide enough water (in relation to cost) to create suitable open water.

In recent years, a couple of management practices have been done to improve the basins use by waterfowl. In the mid-1990's, a low-level dike with a water control structure was built to separate the northern portion from the rest of the wetland. The wetland receives most of its runoff from the north. The diked area allows at least a portion of the basin to fill in low or marginal precipitation years.

Intense grazing has also been done on the wetland to reduce the amount of vegetation, primarily reed canarygrass. The grazing allows even a couple of inches of water to become accessible to waterfowl. Sixty eight acres of low diversity grassland (northeast corner) were inter-seeded with a high diversity seed mix. The response of the interseeding has been very good. The grazing has also helped to re-establish a prairie dog town along the north boundary of the property. Prairie dog hunting is prohibited.

The upland has numerous volunteer trees scattered throughout the property. In 2002, trees were removed on approximately 85 acres. See our tree removal section for a more detailed explanation of this practice. In 2003 and 2004, the brush piles were burned along with the upland over most of the area. 

Facts About Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area

Location: 6 miles west and 3 miles south of Holdrege, Nebraska

Size: 1147 acres: 453 acres of wetland, 659 acres of upland

GPS: N 40.393, W -99.492

PDF Map: Atlanta WPA