playa renovation http://hppr.org en Playas: Nebraska Landowner Story http://hppr.org/post/playas-nebraska-landowner-story-0 <p></p><p>Dave Hilfterty grows dryland winter wheat and irrigated corn in Perkins County, Nebraska.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 31722 at http://hppr.org Playas: Nebraska Landowner Story 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 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 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