The Haines family has preserved 1,250 acres of tallgrass prairie north of Manhattan. Bob Haines uses prescribed burns and tree clearing to restore this prairie. Bob established patch burning to better distribute cattle grazing, provide surplus grass during drought, and sustain nesting habitat for grassland birds.
KLT friends visited this prairie last month. A few photos from this field visit are below.
Bill Kurtis worked with KLT and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to preserve over 4,600 acres of the Red Buffalo Ranch near Sedan, Kansas. Dave Parsons and Mary Kurtis have worked with Bill to restore significant portions of the ranch with tree clearing and prescribed burns. Thanks to Dave for hosting a recent tour with KLT friends on the ranch.
Chad Buford serves as a KLT communications intern. Chad and KLT got introduced through the KU Strategic Communication Campaign class this past year. Chad worked with a KU student team on a strategic communications proposal for KLT. Chad is now organizing a disc golf tournament on the Stueck conservation easement and enhancing KLT's social media communications.
Laurel Sears joined KLT as a conservation intern working on conservation planning, baseline reports, monitoring, member support and administrative tasks. Laurel is a graduate student in Geography and Urban Planning at the University of Kansas. Laurel's interests include horticulture, landscape design, sustainability and food systems. This past year she has served as coordinator on the restoration of Prairie Acre on the KU campus.
Mark Saturday morning, October 1, on your calendar for a KLT disc golf tournament at the Thornfield Disc Golf Course, Stilwell, Kansas.