January Playa Tour, Workshop in Western Kansas

Ducks Unlimited and KAWS event is open to the public

Kansas playa lake

Kansas playa lake

Ducks Unlimited Kansas staff members are helping to coordinate the 2020 Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) annual playa lake tour and workshop. The event takes place on January 14 and 15, 2020 in Garden City, Kansas. KAWS is hosting the tour and workshop, which is designed for landowners and land managers who have playas on their land but is also open to individuals who are interested in learning more about this unique natural resource. Participants will learn about playas, the benefits they provide including groundwater recharge and wildlife habitat, and the conservation programs available for restoring and conserving playas.

The two-day event will begin with a tour of several playas in Haskell, Seward and Meade counties on Tuesday, January 14. Attendees will see what playa lakes may look like before, during, and after being accepted into a conservation program and using different management strategies to restore the health of a playa. There will also be opportunities to discuss the pros and cons of each conservation program.

During the workshop, which will be held on Wednesday, participants will learn about the benefits playas provide — including groundwater recharge, improved water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreational uses — and available playa conservation programs that provide financial and technical assistance to landowners. There will also be opportunities for attendees to ask questions of technical staff and get expert advice about playa lakes and playa restoration programs.

The Playa Lake Tour and Workshop is free for landowners and land managers with playas on their land and includes lunch both days and tour transportation. For others who would like to attend, there is a $50 fee that covers lunch and transportation. Registration is required. To learn more, visit the KAWS website or contact event coordinators: Joe Kramer, Ducks Unlimited Special Projects Manager, at 620-388-5878, and Abe Lollar, Ducks Unlimited Biologist, at 620-214-2693. Register

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