4th Annual Playa Lake Field Tour & Workshop

Playa Lake – western Kansas.

Playa Lake Field Tour
Tuesday January 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Haskell, Seward and Meade counties.

Playa Lake Workshop
Wednesday, January 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Garden City, KS – Finnup Conservation Center

This workshop builds on prior successes in promoting Playa Lake conservation in western KS and will provide information about the value of playas and conservation programs available to playa landowners. Complimentary registration for landowners with playa lakes includes lunch on both days.

Joe Kramer, Ducks Unlimited Conservation Special Projects Manager for Kansas, said that “With partners’ hard work we have broken all the previous records for new Kansas playa lake conservation acres in western Kansas in 2017, 2018 and 2019 combined. We all want to accomplish more playa lake conservation work with everyone’s help in the future.” 

This event is free for landowners and land managers who have playa lakes, thanks to our generous sponsors. Please register if you plan to attend so that enough supplies and lunch food are available for everyone. Online registration is available on the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams website. www.kaws.org/events

Playa researcher Dr. David Haukos of Kansas State University speaks during a previous playa workshop.

For the Tuesday Field Tour, shuttle bus vans will be available leaving the Garden City, KS Finnup Conservation Center parking lot at 9 a.m., returning before 5 p.m. The morning session for the workshop will feature several playa lake experts who will explain the value of playa lakes to groundwater recharge, water quality, drinking water supplies, recreation and other uses. The afternoon session will feature speakers with broad expertise in available playa conservation programs who will explain each program and will be on hand to facilitate program sign ups. Complementary Playa Lake Technical/Program Delivery workbooks will be available for all participants.

Kansas Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Ducks Unlimited, Kansas Division of Conservation and other agencies have exceeded their conservation acreage allocations in the three years that this tour/workshop has been held. Full time playa lake biologists, wetland specialists, conservation program specialists and playa lake habitat specialists have been hired to facilitate landowner goals for their conserved playa lakes. Conservation of playa lakes is very much in the forefront of western Kansas conservation efforts, and this tour/workshop will build on that momentum to provide up-to-date information to landowners and others. 

Event coordinators are Joe Kramer, Ducks Unlimited Special Projects Manager (620-388-5878) and Abe Lollar, Ducks Unlimited Kansas Biologist (620-214-2693). Please contact either of them for additional information.