playa health http://hppr.org en Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas http://hppr.org/post/ogallala-aquifer-initiative-good-soil-health-practices-benefit-playas-0 <p></p><p>Playa wetlands benefit from practices that result in good soil health.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 34168 at http://hppr.org Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas Wetlands Reserve Easement in Kansas http://hppr.org/post/wetlands-reserve-easement-kansas <p>McPherson County landowner Dale Schmidt bought ground he intended to farm, but often it was too wet to plant, or to harvest.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 31719 at http://hppr.org Wetlands Reserve Easement in Kansas Playa Health: The Importance of Buffers http://hppr.org/post/playa-health-importance-buffers-0 <p></p><p>Research indicates that a buffer surrounding a playa lake, consisting typically of native grasses and forbs, prevents migration of upland topsoil and farm chemicals into lowland wetlands such as playa lakes and rainwater basins.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 30471 at http://hppr.org Playa Health: The Importance of Buffers New study reveals playa conservation program is a help, not a fix http://hppr.org/post/new-study-reveals-playa-conservation-program-help-not-fix <p>Playas are those big ponds you see dotting across the High Plains.&nbsp; They provide habitat for amphibians and points for aquifer recharge.&nbsp; A study from Oklahoma State University suggests the Federal Conservation Reserve Program does have a positive impact on the health of the playas, but does not restore them reported <a href="http://www.fondriest.com/news/federal-program-preserves-critical-high-plains-playa-wetlands-cropland-erosion.htm">The Environmental Monitor.</a></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 30877 at http://hppr.org New study reveals playa conservation program is a help, not a fix Playas: Providing Biodiversity in the Plains http://hppr.org/post/playas-providing-biodiversity-plains <p></p><p>Scientists are increasing their understanding of how playas contribute to the landscape.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 30469 at http://hppr.org Playas: Providing Biodiversity in the Plains Rainwater Basins, the Central Flyway and Migratory Birds http://hppr.org/post/rainwater-basins-central-flyway-and-migratory-birds-0 <p></p><p>Nebraska's rainwater basin region is beneath the Central Flyway, used by tens of millions of birds migrating to the prairie pothole regions of the Dakotas, Canada and beyond to nest and mate.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 30468 at http://hppr.org Rainwater Basins, the Central Flyway and Migratory Birds Playa Sedimentation: Causes and Fixes http://hppr.org/post/playa-sedimentation-causes-and-fixes-0 <p></p><p> Playa lakes are effective vectors for groundwater recharge and water filtration, but that assumes they're in a healthy state.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:28:22 +0000 Dale Bolton 30467 at http://hppr.org Playa Sedimentation: Causes and Fixes Playa Renovation: Jan Minton Ranch Floyd, TX http://hppr.org/post/playa-renovation-jan-minton-ranch-floyd-tx <p></p><p>We examine Jan Minton's ranch, the family operation she took over in Floyd Co., Texas. It had been "farmed to death," she said, and two playa lakes were in poor condition. Bill Johnson, a U.S. Fish &amp; Wildlife Service biologist, developed a restoration plan that involved silt removal, playa repair, and a native grass and forbs plant buffer around the playas' margins. This story is part two of a four-part series on playa health and originally aired on HPPR on February 19, 2013. The story was repeated April 2, 2013 as part of the Landowner Stories series.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:53:21 +0000 Dale Bolton 12486 at http://hppr.org Playa Renovation: Jan Minton Ranch Floyd, TX Playa Renovation: Haynes Farm, Holyoke, CO http://hppr.org/post/playa-renovation-haynes-farm-holyoke-co <p></p><p>Holyoke, CO, farmer Larry Haynes talks about putting land "to its best use." For decades he attempted to farm playas in his fields but said he "rarely" was able to harvest crops grown in those wetlands. He decided to forget attempting to farm the playas and instead renovate them and plant large plant buffers around them, thus putting the playas "to their best use" as wildlife habitat. Biologist Jerry Miller drew up plans to renovate the playas and create plant buffers. As expensive as farming is today, Haynes says it makes no sense to pour expensive ag inputs into a mud hole. This the final episode in a four-part series on playa health. It originally aired on HPPR Tuesday, March 5, 2013.</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 12782 at http://hppr.org Playa Renovation: Haynes Farm, Holyoke, CO Playa Health: The Importance of Buffers http://hppr.org/post/playa-health-importance-buffers <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Research indicates that a buffer surrounding a playa lake, consisting typically of native grasses and forbs, prevents migration of upland topsoil and farm chemicals into lowland wetlands such as playa lakes and rainwater basins. The buffers are important to rangeland playas, but are vital when playas are situated in fields under crop production. This story is part three of a four-part series on playa health. It originally aired on HPPR Tuesday, February 26, 2013.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 12487 at http://hppr.org Playa Health: The Importance of Buffers Playa Sedimentation: Causes and Fixes http://hppr.org/post/playa-sedimentation-causes-and-fixes <p></p><p>Playa lakes are effective vectors for groundwater recharge and water filtration, but that assumes they're in a healthy state.</p><p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 12115 at http://hppr.org Playa Sedimentation: Causes and Fixes