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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"