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Playa Lake Workshop January 9-10, 2018

posted Nov 14, 2017, 6:03 AM by Kansas Alliance for Wetland and Streams   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 11:00 AM by Jessica Mounts ]

The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams invites you to our

Playa Lake Workshop and Tour

January 9-10, 2018

(Click here to register online!)

Registration and lunch is FREE for playa lake landowners on BOTH days, thanks to our sponsors!

Join us for state of the art information and program delivery management options for playa lakes in Kansas.


  • January 9, 2018: Optional Landowner Tour (see attached itinerary).

  • January 10, 2018: Workshop at the Kansas Prairie Museum in Colby

The one day Playa Lake Workshop at the Kansas Prairie Museum in Colby will feature well- known speakers who have decades of playa lake experience in management, ecology, hydrology research, and program cost delivery.

Four local playa lake landowners will be featured who will share their personal experiences with playa lakes on their farms and ranches. Many more playa lake speakers will cover USDA, KDWPT, PLJV, DU and other program cost delivery. Playa Lake Sponsors and Exhibitor booths will be at the Prairie Museum in Colby.

The one day Playa Lake Landowner Site Tour in Wallace and Greeley Counties will demonstrate from playa lake landowners and the technical program cost delivery providers how playa lakes can be managed in effective and efficient ways for better conservation, management, recharge and for recreational enjoyment. Sharp Brothers Seed Co. will be providing the luncheon both days. 

We hope you will consider joining us in January and participating with our workshop and tour! Register ONLINE Here

If you have any questions about the workshop and tour please contact:

Joe Kramer                                                    Mary Howell                                        Jessica Mounts    

Workshop and Tour Schedule: (Click here to register online)

January 9, 2018 - Wallace and Greeley County Playa Tour

8:15 am

Colby Caravan leaves Colby Prairie Museum For FT. Wallace Museum

1905 S Franklin Ave, Colby, KS 67701

9:15 am

(Central Time). Entire Caravan Leaves FT. Wallace Museum For Smith Property 2655 Highway 40 Wallace, KS 67761

9 - 11:30 am

Travel to and Tour Smith Properties in Greeley and Wallace County

11:30 - 12 pm

Travel back to FT. Wallace Museum for Buffalo Brand Seed Luncheon


Lunch provided by Sharp Brothers Seed at Wallace Museum.

1:30 - 4:00 pm

Travel to and Tour Smith Properties in Wallace County

4:00 pm

Return to Fort Wallace Museum:

2655 Highway 40 Wallace, KS 67761

5:00 pm

Return to Kansas Prairie Museum:

1905 S Franklin Ave, Colby, KS 67701


January 10, 2018- Colby Prairie Museum, Colby KS

8:00 am

Registration Opens, Booths Open   

9:00 am

Welcome - Joe Kramer

9:10 - 9:40

Dr. David Haukos, KSU Cooperative F&W Research Unit Leader, “Ecosystem Services and Playa Lakes of the Great Plains”

9:40 - 10:30

Mike Carter, Playa Lakes Joint Venture Coordinator

"What A Sustainable Playa Landscape Looks Like"

10:30 - 10:45

Star Seed Sponsor Break/Sponsor Exhibit Booths

10:45 - 12:00pm

Playa Lake Landowner Panel:

Tony Horinek, Thomas County
Alicia Smith Allen, Greeley and Wallace County
Andy Hineman, Lane County
Mark Smith, Wallace County

12:00 - 1:30

Buffalo Brand Seed Luncheon/ Sponsor Exhibit Booths

Lunch Provided by Sharp Brothers Seed

1:30 - 1:45

Playa Lake Landowner Panel Wrap-Up      

1:45-2:05 pm

NRCS ACEP/WRE Program, Lynn Thurlow

2:05-2:25 pm

FSA CP38B and Other CP Wetland Programs, Rod Winkler/Dawn Dolezal

2:25-2:45 pm

DOC Aquifer Conservation Programs, Steve Frost

2:45-3:05 pm

KDWPT WIHA and Playa Lake Programs, Matt Smith

3:05-3:20 pm

Star Seed Break/Sponsor Exhibits/Evaluation Prize Drawing

3:20-3:40 pm

DU Playa Lake Programs, Matt Hough

3:40-4:00 pm

Pheasants Forever Programs, Hunter Spady

4:00-4:20 pm

Lindsay Irrigation Wetland Programs, Brad Dunbar

4:20-4:30 pm

Workshop and Tour Wrap-Up  Joe Kramer