This is a regional grazing group located in south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma on 5.4 million acres of mixed-grass and sand-sage prairies. The region is ecologically important because it is Kansas’ second largest, in-tact tract of native prairie (second only to the Flint Hills), and is home to a number of declining wildlife species which require large, unfragmented tracts of native prairie. The group works with ranchers in its area to educate how best to manage grasslands to produce wildlife, clean air and water, as well as income from livestock grazing.
This episode of Playa Country is the last of a six-part series on landowner conservation partnerships. It originally aired on High Plains Public Radio Tuesday, September 24, 2013. The next series on Playa Country will cover Ogallala Aquifer Conservation.