Want to know more about playas, the benefits they provide, and how to make them work for you? Register now for the 5th Annual Playa Lake Tour and Workshop, hosted by Ducks Unlimited, on January 12 and 13, 2021, at the Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas. The event is free for landowners and tenants with playa lakes on their land and includes lunch both days.
This event is designed for landowners and land managers 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 on Tuesday, January 12, with a field tour including visits to a few playas in Sherman County that are enrolled in various conservation programs. Attendees will see what playas 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.
The workshop will continue on Wednesday, January 13, at the Northwest Kansas Technical College, where 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.
Due to covid-19, social distancing and other precautions will be observed during the field tour, with participants driving their own vehicles to the playa sites. For the workshop portion, the college has also made accommodations to allow for social distancing, and there will be virtual conferencing options available as well for those who prefer not to attend in person.
The Playa Lake Tour and Workshop is free for landowners and tenants with playa lakes on their land and includes lunch both days. For others who would like to attend, there is a $50 fee which also covers lunch. Registration is required. To learn more, contact your local Kansas Ducks Unlimited staff.