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Spring has arrived on the Great Plains, or at least to our corner of it. Though we had a relatively mild winter at PBT headquarters in Lincoln, it’s always a relief to experience the seasonal shift to warmer days, more sunlight, and new growth.


Our small team has grown as well in the past couple months. In January we welcomed Production Associates Kat Shiffler and Mariah Lundgren (a former PBT intern) to our staff.


A native Nebraskan from hardy homesteader roots, Kat loves a good story. She’s learned technical skills on the fly – usually in another country – from a visual anthropology course in Bolivia to a gig with the first independent radio station in Bhutan. Gradually she’s honed in on video to communicate scientific research, rural issues, and stories related to our food system. Kat has a graduate degree in agroecology and applies that knowledge in a practical way in her Lincoln neighborhood where she grows food and keeps bees. Her favorite parts of living back in Nebraska are the sounds – and the silence.


Mariah is a wanderlust from Omaha and a recent graduate of the University Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife. Her childhood consisted of spending summers in Oregon, weekends at state parks, and weeknights playing in the dirt in her backyard.  Having grown up outside and watching her mom run around with a camera, she has developed a love and passion for both the environment and photography.  Mariah hopes to spread her love for all things wild and educate the importance of environmental stewardship through the powerful tool of photography.


Their names may ring a bell with you, since we put both of them immediately to work on our latest in-depth, multimedia interactive piece, “Into the Current.” This project is our most recent big chapter in our ongoing chronicle of the Platte River Basin and features work by our entire team. We invite you to spend time with it in the coming weeks and months—to really “dive in” and learn about the complexities of the central stretch of the Platte River. We’ve published more than a dozen stories including videos, photos, maps, interactives and more, and will add more stories in the coming months as we continue to report on modern conservation work in the valley.

We hope spring is arriving wherever you are, but if those April showers are keeping you inside, pull up a chair, some headphones and a cup of tea and explore these stories and the passage of time here in the Platte Basin.

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