Tallgrass Legacy Alliance Accomplishments
- Hosted first meeting at Great Plains Nature Center to establish Prescribed Burn Cooperatives in Kansas.
- Instrumental in forming the Kansas Prescribed Fire Council.
- Initiated discussions concerning easement programs for rangeland protection and members worked with Kansas Livestock Association to establish the KLA Ranchland Trust of Kansas.
- Worked with the Fish & Wildlife Service Partners Program to implement $230,000 in Private Stewardship Grant cost-share programs on private ranchland for invasive species control in the Flint Hills.
- Received $297,000 NRCS grant for private ranchland cost-share to control sericea lespedeza in the Flint Hills on 25 ranches impacting 46,000 acres.
- Funded a study entitled: Patch-burn Grazing Management Impacts on Sericea Lespedeza Seed Viability.
Hosted numerous field days and informational meetings including:
- Landowner information night on leasing land for coal-bed methane and wind development.
- Application of patch-burn grazing on private ranchland.
- Research on the Konza Prairie Biological Station, Manhattan.
- Grassland management and livestock handling facilities on a Lyon County ranch.
- Range and Wildlife Tour on a Chautauqua County ranch.
- Methods for erosion control on Flint Hills rangelands.
- "Lunch & Learn" presentations prior to each membership meeting
Produced and/or co-funded several brochures and booklets including:
- "Recommendations to Improve Prairie Chick Numbers in Eastern Kansas"
- "Spot Spraying Sericea: A cost Effective Control"
- "Sericea Lespedeza Control Program: 5 County Pilot Group"
- "A Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses"