3rd Annual Playa Lake Tour & Workshop

Join us on January 8 and 9, 2019, for the 3rd Annual Playa Lake Tour and Workshop, hosted by Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS), in Dodge City, Kansas. This event is designed for landowners and tenants 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 playa tour on Tuesday, January 8, which will include visits to a few different playas that are enrolled in various conservation programs. 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 have open discussions about the pros and cons of each conservation program.

During the workshop, which will be held on Wednesday, participants will learn about the latest playa research, why playas are so important to the high plains ecosystem, and available playa conservation programs. There will also be an open discussion session where attendees can ask questions of technical staff and landowners who are participating in conservation programs and meet local staff who can give expert advice about playa lakes and playa restoration programs.

The Playa Lake Tour and Workshop is FREE for landowners and tenants with playa lakes on their land and includes lunch both days and tour transportation. For others who would like to attend, there is a $50 fee which covers lunch and transportation. Registration is required. To learn more, visit the KAWS website or contact your local USDA staff.

Register now!

January 8, 2019 – Ford & Gray County Playa Tour

Dodge City Learning Center, 308 W. Frontview, Dodge City KS 67801 

9:00 am Depart: Dodge City Learning Center, 308 W. Frontview, Dodge City KS 67801

Tour: Ford & Gray County Playa Sites

11:30 am Arrive: Gray County Extension Office, 17002 US-50, Cimarron, KS 67835
12:00 pm Lunch: Provided by Star Seed
1:30 pm Continue Tour: Gray and Ford County Playa Sites
4:00 pm Travel to: KDWPT Wild Turkey Playa Lake
5:00 pm Arrive: Dodge City Learning Center, 308 W. Frontview, Dodge City KS 67801

 January 9, 2019 – Playa Lake Workshop

Dodge City Learning Center, 308 W. Frontview, Dodge City KS 67801 

8:00 am Registration Opens
9:00 am Welcome – Joe Kramer
9:05-9:35 am Dr. David Haukos, Ecological Services and Playa Lakes, KSU Cooperative F&W Research Unit Leader
9:35-10:05 am Mike Carter, Playa Lake Benefits on Private Lands, Playa Lakes Joint Venture Coordinator
10:05-10:20 am Break
10:20-10:50 am Steve Donovan, Wetlands and Soil Health, Ducks Unlimited Manager of Conservation Programs, South Dakota
10:50-11:20 am Matt Bain, Wetlands and Wetland Conservation Easements, Smokey Valley Ranch Manager, The Nature Conservancy
11:20- 11:50 pm Mark Goudy, Playa Lake Landowner Program Delivery Perspectives, FSA
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Provided by Star Seed
1:00 pm-1:30pm NRCS/ACEP/WRE Program, Lynn Thurlow, NRCS
1:30-2:00 pm FSA, CP38B and other CP Wetland Program Success, Rod Winkler, FSA
2:00 – 2:30 pm DOC, Aquifer Conservation Programs, Steve Frost, DOC
2:30 – 3:00 pm KDWPT, WIHA and Playa Lake Programs, Wes Sowards, KDWPT
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 – 3:45 pm


3:45 – 4:15 pm



4:15 – 4:30 pm

Ducks Unlimited KS Playa Lake Programs, Abe Lollar, DU KS


Pheasants Forever, Conservation and Playa Lake Programs, Chris McClelland, PF/QF


Workshop Wrap Up/Prize Drawing, Joe Kramer