Jones Waterfowl Production Area

in Phelps County
520x222 Atlanta - Jones Vicinity Maps

Recent Management: Little management was done on the wetland during the 1990's, resulting in little to no use by waterfowl. During that time, trees established themselves along the wetland boundary and scattered throughout the wetland. Restoration began in 2000 with the removal of trees. In the spring of 2002, a prescribed burn was done on the whole unit to burn up the tree piles and reduce the organic layer on the wetland bottom.

In February 2003, an existing well was replaced and a new engine installed. Later in the year, a pump house, covering the engine, was constructed. Our Partners For Fish and Wildlife Program worked with an adjacent landowner to have his water concentration pit filled and the land converted from gravity-flow irrigation to a center-pivot system. The result was additional water to the wetland. Pumping is limited because of the high cost per acre-foot for water from the well.

The dry years from 2005 to 2007 caused volunteer trees to again invade the wetland. In 2008, trees were cleared again--including resprouts from trees cut in past years. A large patch of willows were removed using a tree shredder rented from a local company. Spot-spraying of need seedlings is done to keep the area clear of trees. 

Facts About Jones Waterfowl Production Area

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

Size: 166 acres: 90 acres of wetland, 76 acres of upland

GPS: N 40.393, W -99.427

PDF Map: Jones WPA