Playa lakes conservation on display in Kansas

Landowners, conservationists learn more about unique natural resource

Ducks Unlimited

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Ducks Unlimited's Abe Lollar shows Kansas landowners how conserving playas can benefit wildlife and them.

Ducks Unlimited Kansas staff members helped coordinate the 2020 Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) annual playa lake tour and workshop.The event was designed for landowners and land managers who have playas on their land, but it was also open to individuals interested in learning more about this unique natural resource. Participants heard about the benefits playas provide, including groundwater recharge and wildlife habitat, and the conservation programs available for restoring and conserving playas.

The two-day event began with a tour of several playas in Haskell, Seward and Meade counties. Organizers showed how 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.

Playas tour photos.

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